Want to know how many words I wrote for Nano? Prepare to be jealous, writerly friends: including my last-ditch attempt on 11/30, I wrote a big fat 12194.
Yes, that’s right. I basically did about 7 or 8 days’ worth of Nano this year. Sad, I know. But don’t cry for me, although certainly, I should be crying for me. I’m pleased about a few things.
1) I got my ass up at 4 a.m. to write on a lot of those November days. This probably doesn’t mean much to you if you have discipline in your life (for which I salute you), but for me, coinciding as November did with a parental visit and my pregnancy’s entry into the delight known as The Third Trimester, or A Return to First Trimester Horrors’ Past? Really, the fact that I was able to get up, stay up, and write some crap that wasn’t complete crap feels like badassdom. Best of all, now that I’m in the groove of it, I’m finding it easier to do on a regular basis. Which leads to:
2) Regularity is what works for me as a writer. Yes, I need a schedule. It also helps if I write in the morning, when it’s quiet and the only distraction is a snoozy puppy. As shown:
She’s a big help. It’s like she’s not even there, except when she snores. Very inspiring.
3) I got down an outline. Yes, pantser-Peppery actually has a plan. I may have been inundating my manuscript with comments/notes for future edits and changes to said plan, but there is a plan. So I’ll keep trundling along and attempt to ignore how that little AT THIS RATE YOU WILL FINISH YOUR NOVEL ON: [embarrassing future date] widget on the Nano page tells me I won’t finish till March. Shhh, widget, shhhh.
Any nano-ers out there reading this? How did you do? What did you do? What will you do differently next year, and tomorrow, and the day after that?