I mentioned somewhere, before I started writing last month, how in past NaNoWriMo attempts I stalled after a week – and not only that, but after stalling I would stop writing anything for weeks or months.
Final count is no higher than my last entry. 30% of my super-low target. And I’ve stopped doing anything else, too. I barely even tweet.
Consider this post me trying to kick-start myself before these few weeks turn to months. I have other posts I want to write, but don’t know when I’ll get to them. Soon, hopefully.
(And I want to keep going on the novel, but lets not jinx that.)
This is the point where I have no choice but to stop thinking of or referring to this writing thing as a half-a-NaNoWriMo or anything like that.
The fact is, in the last week I’ve written about 1000 words. I am nowhere near target. And I never planned to stop when I hit 25,000, anyway. So, this is an ongoing thing with nothing at all to do with NaNoWriMo. I need to think of it that way. And get back to writing it.
Day 10. Current wordcount: 6,283 words.
That’s a little behind schedule, because I’ve missed three days, but it’s also a huge success. I’m not worrying too much about hitting every target so long as I’m continuing to make good progress – and every day I do sit down to write, I’m hitting my 800 word target plus some extra.
The writing I’m doing is absolutely terrible. But good writing is far from the point.
To keep myself going with my writing, I’ve formed a few rules as incentive.
1. I’ve recently gotten into the beta for the Warcraft card game, Hearthstone, and immediately became hopelessly addicted. So I’m not allowed to play until I do at least some writing that day.
2. Lot of good films out this month! So I’m not allowed to go see one unless I’ve made wordcount that day.
3. And I can’t go see one at all if I’ve done less than half my wordcount for the full week.
As with the wordcount, I am deliberately setting the bars low. This is what I think will work for me. Let’s see if it does.
That’s my target. 25,000 words in a month. I’m going to call it 800 a day and hope I go over pretty often.
I just decided this yesterday. I can’t do a full NaNoWriMo 50k – I burn out, fast. But 800 seems manageable.
And since it’s Halloween, I’m throwing in a few links on that theme. Those’ll be at the bottom.
1. A Good Men’s Rights Movement is Hard to Find
On the problems with “men’s rights” communities online and the harm they’re doing to women and men.
2. I Got Better
Wil Wheaton on depression.
3. It’s Not a Real Heart, It’s a Real Artificial Heart
Ann Leckie on the question of the “significance” of works of SF/F fiction that do better than usual with regard to sexism and racism, but are otherwise similar to other works.
4. Putting Time Into Perspective
A series of images showing time on various scales, and how little of it we’ve been around for.
And for Halloween:
5. Out of Skin
6. The Little Witch
(Found via The Bloggess)
7. The Thing of the Fourble Board
(Found via Kate Beaton)
So there’s this guy at work who looks just like me. I mean, he looks different, but he does have an eerily similar face.
It took a while before one of our coworkers noticed this and pointed it out to everyone, but now it’s hard to ignore. We even have the same last name (we’re not rated. Smith is kinda common).
It kinda freaks me out a little, sometimes.