The goal is to use the 30 days of November to crank out 50,000 words. Ideally, it’s for new novels to be written, but it’s been adapted by many people into all sorts of writing projects: short story anthologies, memoirs, and I think some Wrimos are even aspiring to meet the goal through poetry.
Last year I attempted Nano with the idea of putting my novel project to the side and jumping in with a totally new idea for a story I had.
It sputtered out on me, but I learned a lot about myself in the process.
- I require pre-writing in great detail. I’m just not someone who enjoys writing for long periods of time without having a detailed plan to follow. With last year’s Nano project, I had a skeleton-like framework and thought I’d just let myself go. I knew where I wanted to begin, where I wanted to end, and what things I wanted to have happen, but I’m very detail-oriented and while I enjoyed “pantsing” to some degree, I broke down when I had to battle myself between spending the time writing to meet the 50k goal and spending the time thinking more in detail about my story.
- I got the chance to come back to my Itralos novel project with fresh eyes after having taken weeks away from it. It led me to the realization that I had a lot of glaring problems to fix, which was both good and bad. I lost a month of time abandoning my novel for Nano. I lost another several months because I couldn’t handle the idea of not editing and reworking all of the glaring problems I had found. So, it was a very slow process. Now I’m past the point where I should have been if I had stayed on track since last year and I’m going to use this round of Nano to push through what might well be my last 50K words for this draft. We’ll have to see.
So, my goal for this is to have a place to keep all of my Nano-related info for this season. The ideal is to write 1,667 words per day to reach 50K by the end of the month. I have already set up my stuff in my Scrivener program to prepare.
I will use a page in the Nano folder each day with a word count goal of 1670 (because I’m an overachiever mwhahaha!) and I will use this blog page to share my ups, downs, ins, and outs with you. If you’re another Wrimo writer, please add me and we can be writing buddies! My ID on Nano is — jurenjo9.
Day One – 11/1/2016 – I made a goal tracker calendar!
Day Two – 11/2/2016 – I missed my goal by about half!
Day Three – 11/3/2016 – I met my Inner Editor on the field of battle… and won!
Day Four – 11/4/2016 – I have a dedicated writing space all to myself now!
Day Five – 11/5/2016 – Preparing for a busy week by getting my word count up!
Day Six – 11/6/2016 – Such a big day off that I didn’t even blog about taking a day off!
Day Seven – 11/7/2016 – I tweaked my goals calendar because it bugs me when things don’t match up correctly!
Day(s) Eight, Nine, & Ten – 11/8, 11/9, 11/10/2016 – Three for one, because I didn’t do anything on any of them related to my novel at all!
Day Eleven – 11/11/2016 – Played catch-up, despite feeling like death-warmed-over, and got a good daily count in!
Day(s) Twelve thru Eighteen – 11/12-11/18/2016 – The week of NOTHING!!
Nanowrimo 2016 – Conclusion – Final Thoughts!