I had heard of NaNoWriMo in the past, but I never participated.  Why?  Because coming up with 50,000 words’ worth of an idea is not easy.  All of my novels had already been started, or even finished.  And I was left fresh out of ideas.  So what did I do this year?  I pulled something out of my ass!  It’s a shaky plot at best, but I’m writing this for fun, because this competition is supposed to be enjoyable.  It’s a nice way to challenge myself.  So I’m trying for 50,000 words, even though I am in the middle of a very busy part of my semester in school.  Also, when I try to write a lot, this inevitably happens:

I am pretty sure that I am not the only one who has ever had this experience.  I’m too easily distracted, it’s true.  I should also probably have never gotten a Tablet, but since I did, I figured I’d put it to good use.  You’ll probably be seeing a lot more of my crappy drawings in the future.  I figured it would spice up the blog a lot.  I do actually have another blog where I get out most of my comic urges[EDIT 2/20/2012: I am no longer working on Bacon Bits, but I have left the site up for anyone who wants to go through the old comics.  From now on, all my cartooning energy will be put towards this blog], but my heart and soul really belong to this one, so I wanted to add some color.  Anyway, I’m doing my best in NaNoWriMo.  I feel like I should offer some profound and useful tips, but I don’t really have any.  I mean, anything I write will simply be a repeat of all my previous blog posts up to this one.  This is a blog for writers, right?  Okay, okay.  I’ll try.  Hmmm…

1. Throw your phone out the window…Okay, don’t do that, but try to put yourself in a position where you won’t be disturbed for a decent chunk of time.  And during that time, try not to answer your phone or check Facebook or take over the world…or whatever it is you usually do.

2. Timeline!  I’ve already written a post about this (See Writer’s Block) but it bears repeating.  You need to write a ton of stuff in a very short period of time, so save yourself the agonizing minutes of figuring out what’s going to happen when.  Map it out ahead of time!

3. Make mistakes.  Since there’s a time limit on this contest, you don’t really have the luxury of being anal about every little typo or wording problem.  Get the words down first.  That’s your priority.  Then you can go back and edit.

4. Don’t worry if you don’t make it!  Seriously, I can’t stress this enough.  This contest happens once a year, so it’s not like you’ll never have another chance.  And besides, like I said, it should be fun first.  If you find yourself losing sleep/skipping meals/not bathing over this, then you’re probably doing something wrong.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy.  Oh, and write.  Can’t forget writing.

5.  Manage your time.  If you’re someone who has trouble making/remembering deadlines, then schedule out your writing time so you make sure to do a little every day.  Keep an eye on your word count, and if you miss a day, don’t sweat it.  All you have to do is tack on a few extra words for the days that follow.

Okay, that’s it!  That’s my advice.  Hope it helps!

Holy crap!  I just realized I forgot to do a Word of the Day for my last post!  Shame on me, letting my rage over bad grammar stop me from teaching you useless vocabulary words!  I’m going to go back and add one in just as soon as I’m done with this post.  So be sure to check!

Word of the Day: Kowtow (v) – to touch the forehead to the ground while kneeling, as an act of worship, reverence, apology, etc., especially in former Chinese custom.



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2 responses to “NaNoWriMo

  1. My friend’s doing the whole 50,000 word thing. She’s practically killing herself over it. As for the whole distraction thing, don’t even get me started. I haven’t even started my work that I was supose to finish last thrusday. I know, I’m such a winner.

    • I hope your friend doesn’t blow a gasket. As for you, just because you’re having trouble getting motivated to get things done doesn’t make you a loser. It just means you’re normal.

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