Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NaNoWriMo Diaries: Counting on Word Counts

It’s a shame I don’t have time to blog more during National Novel Writig Month, because there are so many things I love about it.

Without a doubt, the one lesson I am reminded of every single time I do NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo is this--I need to put myself on a daily word count in order to write consistently.

I have now accepted this as a scientific fact. With a full-time job, a wife and two children, three podcasts, and now coaching responsibilities, there is no way I will write every day without giving myself a word count.

NaNoWriMo is great for me because it’s this external force that is telling me there are no excuses, that no matter how crazy my life is, I must write every day. Now I’m not saying I need to be on the two thousand words a day pace I’m on right now, but I should at least be writing five hundred words a day outside of NaNo months. And the wonderful thing is that after writing so much during November, I have both a set routine and a huge amount of momentum to carry me into December and beyond.

NaNoWriMo is a like a giant reset button for my writing practices, and that is just one of the many reasons I love it.

And now, I must go back to writing about monsters, as I have a word count to hit.