It’s officially fall, so naturally we’re in the midst of a post-summer heat wave. The raccoons are back to foraging in the back-yard in the evening and there’s a hopeful (though unappealing) possum who stops by the front porch after dark to check for left-over kibble in the cat’s dish.
The joys of suburbia.
The arrival of fall means it won’t be long before the holidays are upon us. More importantly, it means there are only 34 days before the start of NaNoWriMo.
Are you appalled?
I find I’m rather looking forward to it. I had a successful NaNoWriMo experience last year; winding up with a 50,000+ word (very) rough draft of a contemporary romance. I’d love to say that draft has since been polished up and moved to the “all finished” folder, but I’m afraid it hasn’t seen much action since I typed “The End” and tucked it away at the end of November.
I’m okay with that.
Working on the story served its purpose. It helped me establish a consistent writing routine and gave me some useful practice in writing-when-not-in-the-mood. Better yet, it gave me a chance to get a shiny new story idea out of my head and on to the page, so that I could focus my attention back on my historical WIP (The Perpetually Unfinished Story). I was able to make much better progress on the revisions, once my contemporary characters weren’t chattering away and distracting me.
I’m hoping this year will be equally successful, especially since there are a number of new characters clamoring for attention and distracting me from my well-laid plans.
All of which brings me to the actual point of this post.
The November daily goal of 1,667 words can be pretty daunting, especially when it will be done in conjunction with a full time job and commute. To get back into the consistent daily practice of writing, I’m starting with the simple goal of writing 100 words every day.
The word count isn’t as important to me as the consistent practice of writing. I’ve done this before, with good results, making it to around Day 46 before breaking the streak. Even better, those daily 100 words have quite often turned into 200 or 500 or more.
Today’s 100 words, for example, were really 383.
At this rate, I’ll be in good writing shape, once November 1st rolls around.
So, what’s new with you on the writing front? Any helpful tips for getting words on the page that you’d care to share?