Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Experience #4 (Final post)

A week ago I thought there was no freaking way I could reach 50k. I was far too behind my word goals.

But guess what?


I'm so happy that I can't stop looking at the NaNo site and forums because to be honest, I still can't believe that I actually did it. I guess staying up all night just staring at the laptop screen and typing furiously without any distractions really helps!

This won't be a long post so moving on...

There were so many things which discouraged me but something I did to keep myself motivated was change the wallpaper of my iPod screen so that it reads my word goals for the day. As silly as it sounds, I think it actually helped. Here are a few of those wallpapers:

I know I went a little crazy with the last one. But it was 50k, I couldn't help it!

Anyways, now that this crazy month is over I'm just so relieved. Congratulations to all Wrimos who won and to those who didn't, you should be proud of yourself for trying! A gigantic thank you to all my followers who commented on my blog to wish me good luck and gave me great advice. And of course all my friends who helped me stay on track!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Experience #3

9 days left and I'm 7840 words behind.

As you would've guessed, by now I feel like I can't make it and everyone around me is telling me to just forget about it. But then I came across something on the NaNoWriMo website. Here it is:

I don’t know what it is this year. Maybe people are just really stressed out in their personal lives, which I can understand with the economy and all, but there just seems to be a lot of haters out there this year.

People hatin’ on NaNoWriMo. People hatin’ on your efforts to participate in NaNoWriMo. Maybe even you hatin’ on yourself.

Well I have a message to all the haters.

Stuff it.

You may have heard about an article on Salon that lambasted NaNoWriMo and people who participate it. Well, that hater can stuff it.

Over in LitFic, we have people saying don’t even bother trying to write LitFic because trying to write fast is the antithesis to LitFic. This could very well be happening in other regions too. Well, those haters can stuff it.

There very well might be people in your life right now questioning why you should even bother writing. Especially if you don’t even want to publish (“Well whats the point then?”) Well, those haters can stuff it.

There might be a little voice, or a big voice, right now inside of you yelling that you’re silly for even trying to do NaNoWriMo because you don’t have the talent or there are other things you should be doing. Well, those hater self doubts can stuff it.

I’m here to give you permission. I give you permission to hit your dream. I give you permission to write a novel when everyone else is hatin’ on you for it. If there is any one person, even if it is yourself, that’s demotivating you, tell that hater to stuff it. I refuse, absolutely refuse, to let any Atlanta NaNoWriMo participant get demovitated from hitting your goal, hitting your dream. If you’re hearing people telling you to quit, or that you shouldn’t even try, or its useless, I want you to close your eyes and picture this:

A six foot six huge panda bear with a sign saying “You can do it.” And then imagine that panda running after whoever is hatin’ on you and yelling at them to stuff it. And I’ll be there to help you as much of I can.

I’m declaring this an open thread. If you’re getting down on yourself, post here. If others are hatin’ on you, post here. And if you want to counteract that hate with some love and support, post those messages here too.

This made me feel so much better. Yes, I'm far behind on my word count and yes it's becoming more and more likely that I won't write 50k by the end of the month. But the point is, I've done so much better than a lot of people would in their first year attempting NaNoWriMo. So instead of getting demotivated by all those telling me to give up, I just have to keep going and at least try my best. After all, I've already written so much more of the novel than I normally would. I should be happy about that.

I'll shut up and get back to writing now.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Experience #2

12 days left until the end of November.

12 days left to write 24,622 words.

Yes, I'm panicking. Yes, I feel like I should quit. Yes, I think it's almost impossible. Yes, I should be writing right now.

After reading a number of forums and discussions, I noticed that everyone seemed to be dreading Week Two of November. Now I know why.

I wrote around half of the number of words I was supposed to. Now I am way behind. According to other participants who are also undergoing similar difficulties, I have been "Week Two'd"- they make it sound like some sort of a curse, which is exactly what it is.

This is how Lindsey Grant (Program Direct of NaNoWriMo) described it: Week Two has a bad reputation. Heck, we even capitalize it! A couple days ago, I saw that a Wrimo had posted, "I've been Week Two'd" as her Facebook status. Sounds painful doesn't it? For participants everywhere writing a novel this November, this has become the week to survive.

So, did I survive it? In some ways, yes. It's not like I completely stopped writing. In other ways, no, I didn't manage to reach the goals I had set for myself. However, now that we're on to week three, I feel like I've found where this story is going, and I'm ready to get back to writing.

Current Stats:
Over-all goal: 50,000
Words so far: 25,378
Words remaining: 24,622

Words I need to write to catch up: 4622


Sunday, November 7, 2010

My NaNoWriMo Experience #1

I began my NaNoWriMo journey more than a week ago. I had planned to write a blog post at the end of each week so I can keep you updated but the whole rushing-to-reach-the-word-count thing is a lot more stressful than I imagined.

So I decided to fill you in on my progress right now since I'm procrastinating yet again. I've learnt that people have tried different ways to approach this challenge. Some write a little bit on weekdays, then a whole lot more on weekends. Which seems like a pretty good idea for people who have school/work to attend. But I'm free from all that this month so I'm going for the equal daily goal approach.

In order to get 50,000 words by the 30th of November I need to write at least 1667 words everyday. I've had some ups and downs so far but it's going great. That is, if I don't count the fact that I haven't even written 500 words today. Hopefully since it's only around 1.30 a.m right now and I woke up pretty late, I can stay up and get to my today's goal which is 13,336 words. Sounds like a lot but hopefully I'll get it done tonight!

A good website which I came across to avoid writer's block (especially during NaNoWriMo) is Write or Die. It really forces you to write without going back and editing. Try it!

Anyways, I should stop talking and get back to the novel. Next post will be published when I get the time!

Current Stats:
Over-all goal: 50,000
Words so far: 11,912
Words remaining: 38,088

Words I need to write before I sleep or else I will feel like shit tomorrow: 1424
*Bangs head against wall*