Nanowrimo Commitment (With Full Confession of Intention to Cheat)

I've made a commitment to do Nanowrimo again this year.

With a huge caveat.

I've actually already begun my novel, and written a chapter and a half of it.  So I won't be competing to write a whole 50,000 word novel during the month of November. 

I will, however, be using the collective energy that occurs each year around this event to set a regular writing schedule and stick to it.  Currently, I'm getting up and working on my novel about twice a week, sometimes three times.  I want it to increase to five times a week and I want to get up earlier and have a longer writing session every morning.

A brief aside about getting up early.  Last night at my regular writing group, we set writing goals for the rest of the year.  And we talked about the difficulty of holding to a schedule for any kind of creative writing, with the pull of family and career.  One common thread among us was the issue of creative energy and head space.  All agreed that writing in the afternoon or evening is often impossible because our heads are so full of the daily business of life.  And thus the best way to get words on the page is by getting up early.  One man in the group routinely rises at 5:30 AM to write before he turns to the work day.  And another–wait for it–gets up at 3:30 AM or 4 every morning to work on his memoir.  So I can damn well get myself out of bed a half an hour early.  How about you?

I've written about Nanowrimo before in numerous posts throughout the years.  Here's some of them, and check them out, because they've got good solid info on getting ready for it.

Nanowrimo Prep

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Nanowrimo

It's Nanowrimo, Day One, Do You Know Where Your Words Are?

Writing Inspiration, Whether You Are Nanowrimo-ing or Not

I'm publicly stating my goal so that you guys can hold me to it.  And in return, if you're onboard for Nanowrimo, note it in the comments and we can all support each other.  So how about it?  Are you with me?  Let's do it!  Chime in below and we'll write together during November.

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5 Responses to Nanowrimo Commitment (With Full Confession of Intention to Cheat)

  1. Lori Eads 10/14/2011 at 09:59 #

    Charlotte, I’m game! Count me in!

  2. Zan Marie 10/14/2011 at 10:05 #

    Tsk! Tsk! Cheating? Heck, I do, too. ; ) I never officially join NaNo, but the collective energy does spill over. I’ll work where ever my WIP is at the moment.

    But getting up earlier!?! ; ) Really my reason for not pushing that direction is personal and medical. I have a sleep disorder and you don’t mess with time going to bed or getting up if you want to function at all.

  3. Charlotte Dixon 10/14/2011 at 15:56 #

    Lori, yay! I’m so happy you’re going to join me in the unofficial Nanowrimo effort. I’ll have to think on a way for everyone to cheer each other on.

    Zan Marie, glad to welcome you to the fold also. And I guess you’ve got a pretty good excuse for not getting up early. :-)

  4. Jessica Baverstock 10/15/2011 at 05:35 #

    I’m in too! I’ve been planning my novel for months now. Can’t wait to start! I’m also blogging about all the prep work at the moment. I’ve just posted about prepping the novel. Next is prepping your Creativity and then prepping yourself. :)

    This is the year I’m gonna win!

  5. Charlotte Dixon 10/15/2011 at 08:05 #

    And yay to you, Jessica! You are so prepped and ready to go, I feel certain you will win this year. I’ll hop over and read your blog post on prepping for it.

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