Nope I do not learn. Even after the trials and tribulations I endured writing for NaNo (otherwise known as National November writing month) last November I’ve decided to enter into Camp NaNoWriMo this June. The idea is like the November Nano you write 50,000 words during the month of June, so by the end of the month you have a novella or the beginning of a novel. The story has to be completely new, and you can only begin writing during the Nano month. It’s slightly less strict from what I can tell than the November Nano and you can choose to write it solo, or to be placed within a cabin of four to six people.
So how is it that I somehow think that this June I will somehow grasp the discipline to write at least 1667 words every day? I’m no better at an authoritarian demand for words than I was a few months ago, what am I thinking? At the moment denial and determination is gritting the path to stop me running of in the opposite direction, but any hints and tips for writing discipline will be most welcome. When it comes down to it I’m a optimistic opportunist so to make this happen, my plan so far is:
- Set up a routine – I plan to get up at 5am every morning and write for a least an hour, hopefully writing some more in the evening and in large chunks at the weekend
- Keep it easy – Make sure you have a freezer full of pre made home made meals that you can just reheat saving time on cooking and washing large numbers of dishes and pans.
- Keep it clean – either makes sure the house is clean (or clean enough that you can live with it if you’re not that bothered about housework) or make sure it is hidden so it can’t distract you
- Talking of distractions – Minimise distractions: keep the internet off, switch of the phone and make sure you’re logged out of all social networking websites and away from any other distractions.
- Don’t worry – If you get behind on your daily or monthly word count don’t worry. Worry is just a waste of energy that can be used better to get your creative juices flowing. If needs be walk away and do something else for a while, don’t keep fretting at it.
- Have fun – Even if you plan to publish your Nano eventually, enjoy the journey, writing is fun. If you make it a chore it looses some of its charm. Like all jobs though it is hard and there are some aspects of the job you dislike, grit your teeth get through these things and the rest of the time love what you do.
Wish me luck, I’ll keep blogging regularly with updates on how I’m doing.