I won! Yey!
But my novel is not yet finished… Boo!
I aim to complete it by 5th December, which coincidently is also the day we can claim the prizes.
Before I jump back into my novel to finish off the draft and then mercilessly edit it, let me take a moment to note down the nuggets of wisdom for the NaNoWriMo years to come.
Remember when last week, in my post, I mentioned that I wrote a NaNoMail which turned out to be good post material? Well this is it.
A writing buddy wrote to me after a tough week. It left her 5000 words shy of the ideal word-count.
How is your NaNo novel going? Form your stats I can see that you manage to stay above the line! How long do you write each day? Is it still just a hour here and there? How do you avoid getting stuck with such a small time slot?
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Here is a glimpse at what my average day looks like during NaNoWriMo. The day I describe happened just two days ago, on Nov 16th. I chose the day at random, though in retrospect I am quite happy it turned out to be one where I worked on both, my NaNo novel and the NaNo covers. Happy reading!
9:04 One of our cats woke me by pulling my hair with his claws. I chased it away, but then my husband informed me that it’s time to get up anyway. I took a moment to tie off the loose ends of my dreams and got up. I threw two buns into the oven, fed the cats and made myself a cup of english breakfast tea. Time to power up the computer.
For the past few weeks I have been making book covers for NaNoWriMo participants. While I was pushing pixels in Photoshop numerous emails came through to my inbox. Some with warm words of encouragement, many however, with questions.
I decided it would benefit us all if I gathered those under one umbrella of FAQ.
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Therefore I learned a valuable lesson. Or three.
When I stamped a seal of approval on my novel-worthy idea I also set a goal of finishing the first draft of Part I by October 31st.
I completed only six out of eight planned chapters; I failed my goal.
But it’s OK. The experience has thought me a lot and with NaNoWriMo underway I know what to do differently to make it past the 50k finish line in time.
Lesson 1: Timing (and Priority)
Recently I explained how identifying most important tasks (MIT) of the day can increase productivity. I have the method to thank for not being further behind with the novel.