By the time this posts, I will have officially hit my NaNo goal (50,000 words since November 1st). However, thanks to a constantly developing plot (this is what I get for pantsing this draft more than usual) I still have about 10,000 or so more words left to write to actually finish this draft.
And did I mention I still don’t know how the story ends?
Yeah, so that’s going to be fun.
Anyway, even I don’t finish this draft in the next week (ie inside the NaNo window of 1 month), I’m still way ahead of where I was at the start of the month.
And I thought I’d share how I managed to squeeze out my words so quickly. Obviously, my methods won’t work for everyone, since we all have different ways we do things, so do what works for you.
- I’ve been writing as a basically part-time job, using most of my hours on weekdays between 9am and 2:30 pm (with some exceptions for appointments, illness and family stuff). This past week I’ve had some morning insomnia and added an extra hour of writing between 6-7 a.m.
- I never went back to re-write, even if the plot changed. I just made a note or two and kept on going.
- I didn’t care how much work I was making for myself in revision. (Of course, Future Kaye may have some choice words about this decision, but for now it’s the way to keep moving forward.)
- Restrictions. I confess, I’m really bad about distractions when writing, so I had to lay out rules. Basically it boiled down to having to write at least 1,000 words in a sitting. No checking the internet (unless it was research-related), no grabbing a snack or a cup of tea (much of this draft was written while hangry…sorry again, Future Kaye) until the magic number was reached.
- Rewards! I let myself have a delicious, junk-foody reward for every 5,000 words I logged (you probably saw them if you follow me on Twitter). And my special prize for 50,000 words? Getting to go do the holiday* shopping I have piling up, work on my holiday crafts, and generally get myself in the holiday mood. Woohoo!
I’m still going to push hard next week on finishing this draft, but I’m also going to let myself celebrate and enjoy taking a breather for a day. If you’re writing too, hope you’re getting the words down. If you’re more of a reader, hope you liked this insight into my process. And if you’re turkeying this weekend, hope you enjoy that too!
*I mean the December holidays. My (Canadian) Thanksgiving was a month ago.