Happy Halloween. Definitely a favorite here at the Barnson household. This year we are celebrating by attending a Lore podcast event at Brigham Young University. It’s gonna be fun.
And… even scarier… NaNoWriMo begins at midnight. And since I’m a bit of a night owl, I’m gonna try to get a bit of progress done before I go to bed. Then it’s off to the races. Last year, I managed to write nearly 60,000 words in the month of November. They needed some revision, of course… a draft is just a draft… but that was Blood Creek Beast, which is due out in March.
It is funny how my attitude has changed a bit. I mean, I’ve never taken the idea of NaNoWriMo seriously (I still don’t, really). And November is far from an optimal month. Ever. However, now I think every month should be NaNoWriMo (even with a full-time job, at least when it’s not requiring the 12-hour days), or at least close to it, even when I’m also editing. I aspire to be that productive. I proved to myself that 2,000 words per evening isn’t that big of a deal. On a good night, I can blow past 3,000. I’ve done a bunch of writing this year, but NaNoWriMo is a great excuse to commit and give me a shot in the arm.
So yeah. That’s what it really is for me. An excuse to go Turbo mode, and commit time to something I really want to be doing, anyway. I’m not going to complain. As far as I’m concerned, you make your own goal (50k words is a great suggestion!), and the only way to lose is to not write at all if that’s what you wanted to do. Anything else is progress.
Have a great Halloween, and for those participating, happy NaNoWriMo.
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