I seriously got to a late start with NaNo this year. When Friday morning rolled around I’d not written a single word. Sporadically through the day I wrote here and there-on my
iPad when I compiled what I’d written it totaled a whopping seven-hundred and sixty-five words. Did you notice I spelled those out? It looks much more when the number is written in words don’t’cha think?
Saturday morning I woke up and decided that I just needed to and I’m quoting my husband here “press on.” I believe that’s some-sort of military terminology for stop complaining, and do what you must.
So I did. By Midnight Saturday night I’d written 3,249 words. I was feeling pretty good. I mean, that is a lot of words in one day. I can’t promise you anything I wrote was any good. But it’s on paper and I’m counting it. I’m also not looking back.
Nope. My motto this month is “Press On!” What that means is once I’ve written the words they stay there. I’m not going back and self-checking or editing anything. To not self edit while I’m writing is a huge challenge for me. I’m a perfectionist. I want the words to be perfect the first time-I didn’t learn to ride a bike in one try and this WIP (work in progress) isn’t going to happen in one try either.
When I get to something I feel I need to research I make a note of it and move on. The same goes for a scene I know I want to happen but I either don’t know how it’s going to play out or feel I “can’t” write it just then…I make a note-highlight it in my document and move on.
Press on my friends. It’s working for me and it will work for you.
I made a little calendar to keep my word count straight and as a visible reminder of my progress and goal.
If you think something like this would help you by all means use this NaNoWriMo Calendar
love & pressing on,