Last year, I totally failed.
But I did learn some things. And re-reading those posts today, I learned some other things.
For example, I learned that last November I hoped that by this November I would be finished my current WIP and ready to start something new.
Yeah. That didn't happen. I am considerably further than I was--I finally have over 50k words in my current draft, but I'm not close to finishing.
So, what am I doing? Signing up for NaNoWriMo again this year, of course! This year, I'm going into it with a slightly different perspective.
Nanowrimo is one of those funny experiences when, at the beginning, you feel like this:
|I'm going to climb every mountain! Ford every stream! Follow every rainbow! Write ALL the words!!|
|This statue of a human is soooooo cute! I bet if I sell my voice to the sea witch, I'll become human and wash up on the EXACT shore he's walking on right then and he'll fall in love with me even though I'm mute and smell like fish!|
So rather than using 50,000 words in the month of November as my goal, I'm using it as one of many goals. My ultimate top-tier goal, if you will. But I'm also setting some smaller, more manageable goals that I think I'll be able to achieve, and I think Nanowrimo will help me do that.
November Goals (that I would really like to meet and think I can):
1) Write! Even when things get busy, keep writing. Don't lose hope!
2) Write at least 3 times a week. Right now I have a consistent period of time blocked out every Thursday when I write. But I'd like to add a block on Monday and a third block during the weekend.
And then, of course, there's the November Goal of my Dreams:
3) Write 50,000 words! Finish my book! Have it edited by Thanksgiving! Query by Christmas! Have an editor by New Year's! Sign a book deal that makes me a BAJILLION dollars by Valentine's Day and I am suddenly a full time writer!
Yeah. That's why it's good to start small. :)
Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Or do you have any new writing goals you're trying to accomplish?