NaNoWriMo: A Completely Unprepared Journey

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This is the second year that I have attempted NaNoWriMo. Last year I failed in a spectacular fashion. I think I ended up with maybe–maybe–10,000 words. This year, eight days into the month of November, I am at one-tenth of where I ended up last year. There are probably a series of reasons that I haven’t been up to par on the needed word count (only 1000 of the needed 13,000 plus). Lack of preparation, lack of motivation, lack of self-confidence? It could be one over prevailing fact, or it could be all three combining into a perfect maelstrom of not-getting-anything-done.

I’ve read, and been told, that any amount of words is good. That any amount of words means that you have a start on something, something to build on once you are ready. Right now, though, I’m feeling pretty unaccomplished. Obviously, even if I make the word count for NaNoWriMo, my book won’t be done. There will be editing, rewrites, editors reviews. After November there will be a long road ahead until I am actually finished.

But right now, on the eighth of November, 2014, I feel like I am far behind where I need to be. I feel like I am not going to ever get to that 50,000 word count.

But that’s right now. Tomorrow it may be different. I may get a burst of words done over the weekend. I could catch up within a few days. Who knows?

Perhaps it’s better to look at NaNoWriMo as a motivational tool. A tool to help me get out there and write. Write as much as I can. 50,000 words is a goal, but there’s no punishment if I don’t make it. And any motivational tool is good, whether or not you are able to completely achieve the end goal.

I’m going to keep at it. Maybe i’ll make the goal, maybe I won’t. I’ll keep you all apprised on the way.

How are the rest of you doing with NaNoWriMo? Is your word count exponential? Or lacking (like me)? Let me know in the comments below!

No More Writing Excuses

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Here at the Bard, we try not to talk about writing too much. Yes, we are both writers, but we want the blog to be more inclusive than just writers talking about writing. Sometimes we like to talk about some pop culture, sometimes we like to talk about movies, sometimes we like to disagree on supreme court decisions. However, sometimes we just like to talk about writing. And, as we are both deep within process right now, we will probably talk about writing a bit more often than we have previously.

I’m currently waiting on edits for a first draft of one story and I’m in the process of world building for another story. I’ve been having a bit of difficulty with some of my writing as of late, so I decided to look for some writing podcasts in order to get some inspiration. Now, ZT already did a great blog on what writing podcasts you should listen to, but I found one more.

Writing Excuses is currently my favorite podcast to listen to. It’s a short (15 minute) podcast with four authors who talk about the pitfalls of writing, how to develop story, how to write characters, their own tricks for getting out of sticky situations, and much more. And, at the end of every show, they give their listeners writing prompts in order to help them get writing.

If you’re like me, and you are hitting a few walls in your writing process, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.