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Saturday, November 24, 2012

NaNoWriMo Update

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I've found a strategy that works best for me when I write. It took three weeks, but I finally figured it out.

You see, I like to procrastinate. I'll do anything but write. Check Facebook for the umpteenth time, click around on the Internet, even do school. Finally, I just have to suck it up and write. Which is seriously hard for me. But the thing is, once I start writing it's hard for me to stop. At least on good days. 

I have to write eight pages out of my journal every single day. That's 1,600 words which is an overwhelming amount when you look at it as a whole. What I have to do is break that number down. I'll eat breakfast, stall for a little bit, then write two pages. That's it. Two pages. Most of the time, I'll get in the groove and write three or four. Then I'll take a break, do something else, and write another two pages.

So by the time dinner rolls around, I'll have completed my quota. Problem solved!

Another thing that helps me write is music. I came up with a few playlists that I listen to depending on what type of scene I'm writing. For example, when I'm writing something sad, say someone dies, I play my sad playlist. I don't really have much sad music, so I did the best I could with that one. 

My only other concern is what if I run out of scenarios and plot twists? What if my story ends before I write the 50,000th word? But I think I finally came up with an answer- I just keep writing! Even if its crap. Even if it doesn't relate to my story. I can always fix it later.

Today I'm supposed to have reached my 40k goal. I'm pretty sure I made it. I haven't typed up everything I've written since Wednesday, so it's hard to tell. I know I've written at least 39k words. Just have to finish up the last 1,000. No problem. ;)

Inquiry of the Day:

What kind of music do you like?

I like classic rock. I'm a sucker for the Beatles, Aerosmith, and Queen, which are my favorites. The Eagles aren't bad either. 


  1. The Eagles are one of my favorites! :) Congratulations on your writing. Music always makes me think too.

    1. Thanks! My favorite song of theirs is "Hotel California". I can't listen to songs I know too well when I write, though, because then I start singing instead of writing. ;)


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