Friday, November 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo Update

Ok, so we are almost half way through NaNoWriMo and I am, surprisingly, right on track. I will admit this time around it is a lot easier for me, because I have made some changes….changes which (so far!) actually work for me! 

NanoWriMo 2014: My Guidelines

  1. Write everyday- Obviously. But there were times last year that I wouldn't write on a particular day and try to make it up the next day. Yeah, that doesn't work well for me and creates stress.
  2. Wake up early - This stinks. It does, but I have been waking up a little bit earlier than normal to make sure I get my writing time in. I haven't always been a morning person, but after having a kid, I think I have crossed over to the dark side.
  3. Stop watching as much TV - Instead of watching TV, I might work on my story and I can't say I really miss TV that much.  
  4. Stop reading as much - So, if you know me, this really sucks. Reading de-stresses me and even though I have wanted to read at various times this month, I worked on my story instead. I have only read two books this month, which is quite telling. The only book that sort of hooked me in a bit was Voyager. Damn you, Gabaldon, with Jamie Fraser and your way with words. However, I think it's good to read when you are writing though, but not too much!
  5. Have fun - Seriously. I used to stress about my word count and it became a pain in the butt, sort of like going to the gym when you don't want to, but I have lightened up a bit. I like my story, so it's been a lot of damn fun.  

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this month, how are you doing? What changes have you made in order to meet your goals? Any tips you want to share with me? 

Let's hope my next post about this is a celebratory one saying I "won" NaNoWriMo!  

Happy Friday,


  1. I love your tips. Writing every day is definitely the best tip! I missed a few days this week and I have fallen behind. Also, I need to be more disciplined with my TV shows!

    1. If I miss more than one day, I am usually in trouble. I hope you get caught up! Thanks for visiting, Leanna!

  2. I'm so glad things are going better for you this time around, Christina; best of luck as you continue through the end of the month! Can't wait to hear all about it...

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind thoughts and thanks for visiting, Tara!

  3. That's awesome that you are keeping on track!! TV is by far my biggest time suck--even when there is nothing on! I've been doing ok with this early morning schedule, but I automatically revert back whenever I have any real time off--like this week. I'm just naturally nocturnal. Anyway, congrats again on staying on track. Writing a novel is such an amazing accomplishment!


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