YIKES I FORGOT TO POST MY TEN THINGS POST. *hangs head in shame* I will do it now. 1) Turn off your inner editor. I know. sucks. Make notes. Word commenter system worked wonders for me (one of the things I learned last year:)
Breathe. This may seem obvious, but think of the stress you get under pressure.
This is the worst kind of pressure-the pressure to create. An intimate
act that you are doing that you hope will eventually be printed by strangers and
loved the world over. Or at least by enough people to keep you in ink and pepsi.
(Uh, no Pepsi doesn't pay me for product placement. I live on the rez. Some
stereotypes hold true.)
3) Find a rythym. A pattern. Whatever your
pattern is. It helps me to twitter/blog and get my brain going. It gives my kids
a chance to remember all that, oh yeah mom, I forgot to tell you stuff, and I'm
hungry whines, and get it all out of the way. Then, when writing is underway, I
can say with total assurance, I took care of this or that. That was my pattern.
It helped. YOu may need to stay off the internet and use it as a reward. You
know yourself. If you don't, you have a month to figure it out.
freaking out about the word goal. It's not really that high. You may need to
push yourself out of that comfort zone you've been in, but just do it.
(Nike's not paying me either. Maybe I should apply?)
5) Make your daily
word count based on weekdays/5 day week. That does two things. One, you have two
days off if you succeed and you can look forward to that. It allows for birthday
parties, school functions, what ever you need those two days for. Two, it gives
you those days to make up something you missed because you got a flat tire on
the way to a write-in or your kids' teacher calls and wanted to know why they
thought Duct tape was an awesome disciplinary tool.
6) Prep meals and
TREATS ahead of time as much as possible. Freeze cookie dough, muffins, whatever
it is that you and your family like. They will feel less like you've abandoned
them. I wasn't prepared last year, so the first week sucked, but I'm a quick
learner. I spent one day prepping as many meals as I could for the next week.
That included grocery shopping, and portioning out things in preperation. My
first year was a real challenge because I had no oven or microwave-stove top
only. A gas stove top. I'd never used a gas stove top before.
7) If you
are having problems with the plot, or a chapter, write what you want to happen.
I did this and before I knew it, I was writing again to the story. Granted, I
had to edit out things later, but it kept my word count going and my
stress level stopping. (Can you keep something stopping???
8) Let no bad happen. If you can help it. I don't mean in your
story. If you are writing horror. Write things as bad as you like. I mean, don't
over stress the little things. Further, farther? OMG which is it? My story will
suck now cuz I can't remember. Worst, worse? Everyone will think I'm an idiot.
Okay, get the picture? QUIT IT. When this is over, I will steal a few wonderful
language sites from edittorrent's grammar site and post them here so that you
can fix it-LATER.
9) Keep networking. Keep talking to those people who
have been your support all this time. It will relieve stress, give you
companionship, and keep it all in good fun, which leads to my last
10) Have fun. We're writers. Writing is fun. Yes it's hard work.
Yes, it can tear us apart emotionally when things aren't loved by everybody and
their dog PB. But over the top, it's fun. Why else would we do it? Half the time
we are fighting sterotyping (that's not a REAL job & You're not Published?
then you're not a REAL writer) and our families to buy the time we need. Not to
mention jobs, illness, life's foibles. Why not have fun?
The original post for these is here and let me tell you, if you're doubting yourself or your ability, you really need to read it. Nano is what really put me into the writing groove and helped make it a priority. It's a little late to prepare all this BEFORE NaNoWriMo starts, but at least you can do them now.
Good luck with your endeavors this month. Who's with me?? :D:D:D:D
Nano! Nano! Nano! Nano!