This is my first post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. I'm really loving this resource.
It is almost impossible for me to believe that it’s less than a month until the next NanoWriMo. Blogs, Twitter feeds, etc. are all starting to buzz. The goal is to write at least 50K words of a novel in one month. The last two years I was anxious for November 1st. I knew what I was going to write, and though I’m something in between a pantser and a preparer, I had my outlines under way at least. I met the goal with no problems and even had days to spare.
This year, I’m terrified. I am so out of practice with sustained writing and high word counts. Use it or lose it. I guess I’m in the lose it mode. At the beginning of the summer, I was struggling with a work in progress so I moved into editing and played around with another WIP, but I just haven’t been able to lose myself in an idea.
I need to conquer my fear because I've promised my daughter another book. I’ve decided to treat the rest of the month like I’m prepping for a race. A year and a half ago, I could only run fifteen minutes at a time. I had to build up my stamina. I had to run more frequently and add to my time and speed little by little. Duh right? But I’m so competitive that I tend to think I should just be able to do things right away, and I get frustrated and quit when I can’t.
But I’m not giving up on this year’s goal before I start. So, I’m practicing. 250 words at a time this week. I’ll go to 500 next week, and so on. At the same time, I’ll be working on my outline for my Nano project. So by the time November 1 hits, I should be a lean, mean, writing machine.
I still remain far less confident this time around, and I’m generally less enthusiastic about my own writing. I hope that by being proactive, I can break my negative thought pattern. Yes, I know, I should have learned this life lesson by now. I guess we always need reminders, though.
Do you have any big goals you've needed to break down into stages? Writers, what are you doing to prepare for Nano?