I must be nuts to do NaNoWriMo again, but here it goes! On November 1, I will plunge headfirst into Secret Book and I won’t be out again until the end of the month. It worked for Tunerville, so I reckon it will work for this book as well.
As I mentioned before, I have a complete outline (one that actually makes sense). At the end of it, I should have a very rough but workable draft.
Image: Deb/On the Flip Side…Baking *damn that meatloaf at the link looks good*
In no particular order, I’ve been doing these things to get ready.
Watching all the TV shows I got behind on during my holiday
I may have to skip Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m so behind there’s no way I’ll get caught up. Since I just got a spanking new 4G phone, perhaps I can sneak it at lunchtime. Or watch an episode a night until I’m done.
But I’m also behind on Once Upon a Time (though not by as much), and I missed The Walking Dead on Sunday night. Truly a first-world problem, having all these great shows. If I get caught up, I can spare an hour or two here and there to watch.
Preparing all the digital resources I will need
This includes making playlists, which I’ve already done, and syncing them across my devices so no matter if I’m at home or writing on my lunch at work I can plug in and create. Music helps me evoke emotion in my writing, and this particular work is very much tied to one composer.
Cleaning the damn house
Meant to do that on Sunday; didn’t get it done. Urp. I think I should spend some time every night this week doing some clearing up. I wish I could hire someone to come in once a week whilst I do this—then I could use that time for writing instead.
Letting everyone know I’ll be AWOL for a bit
As much as I need fun breaks, I will have to bail on some things I want to do. Don’t take it personally. It’s the book.
It is extremely difficult to find a subtle picture on that website.
That includes you, my lovely readers. I’m not sure if I’ll be blogging every day like I did last time. Depending on how it is going, I might only post once or twice a week and give you updates. When I’m writing well, I sometimes blow right past my bedtime.
Working out my time management strategy
I refuse to stop working out, and I still have a holiday skating show to do, so time management will be key here. I cannot spend eight hours surfing the Internet (noooo!). I’ll have to work every spare moment that I have.
I’ve included a small widget called Picometer at the upper right corner of the main blog page, right below the header, to show my word count. It’s set at NaNo’s 50,000 word default. Since I’ve already started Secret Book, so far I have 23,187 words.
I got the widget at http://www.writertopia.com/toolbox –it’s just a small bit of HTML. Many thanks go to the designer. It’s set now at the number of words I’m starting with, so if you care, you can check my progress even when I’m not posting. I promise I’ll update it every day.
My lunch hour is almost over, so back to my actual, paying work I must go. If any of you are participating in NaNoWriMo, please put a link in the comments so I can follow you as well.