I am not doing nanowrimo
, because it's been many years since I gave up any illusion that I can write. But I have seen a few people are doing variants, such as committing to making a substantial post every day, or just taking on the goal of finding a bit more time for writing.
I think I'm going to have a go at writing 50,000 words of meaningful communication in November. I probably won't make it, but having some numbers and a game to play will hopefully motivate me in the ongoing battle to keep in touch with my friends in spite of geography. I'm making up the rules as I go along, since it's only for my own satisfaction, but basically I'm counting emails with personal content, blog posts, and comments that contain some substance and thought.
Now I have Little List the tiny computer, I might even be able to keep this up while I'm travelling, we'll see. So far, I've managed 3821 words today and 934 yesterday, so I'm 45% ahead of my target!
|Date:||November 2nd, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)|
30 minutes after journal entry, 01:30 pm (dampscribbler's time)
That's a great adaptation! I should consider such a thing, as well, since I'm often annoyed at how badly my personal correspondence has suffered since I began motherhood. I may pick another month, though, since I am trying to do nano this month.
|Date:||November 3rd, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)|
9 hours after journal entry, 06:59 am (livredor's time)
It is a lot of words; I think the point of Nanowrimo is that it's slightly insane. If you take that target seriously, you have to do quite a lot of rearranging your life to make it. So you get a kind of solidarity with your friends through doing things like staying up all night to meet your goal, and a sense of real achievement if you do make it. It's also supposed to get people who have perfectionism issues to just get on with it and write.
I can write a thousand words in an hour, if I don't have to stop and think. A first draft of a novel is probably a lot easier to write than an academic thesis, a random collection of a hundred 500-word emails certainly is.