I suspect Pixie may be exaggerating a little about you never sleeping, eating, or washing yourself or your possessions if you dedicate yourself to NaNo (I mean, it’s only 50k words, not 250k!). But I fully endorse this positive attitude towards completion. If we tell ourselves, particularly now in the planning stage, that NaNo is an impossible task, it will be so. Rather, now is the time to psych yourself up for it. You WILL write a novel this November—that’s the point.
Be sure to read her other NaNoWriMo Prep posts to get an experienced eye on what your November may be like. If you have a contingency plan for when the laundry starts to pile up (like pre-sorting your dirty clothes when you remove them), that’s going to help you quite a bit, and prevent more extreme behaviours like going nude all month (unless you normally do that anyway).
We will not try to write 50,000 words in a month. We will write 50,000 words in a month.
This is NaNo, the battle of mind and fingers against the word count and time. This is a time for silly tricks and rule breaking and letting go of obligations. This is the time for us to all, as writers, work together and prop one another up. A time to write I am instead of I'm and a time to give our characters three-word names, all in the name of word count
This is not a time to try.
It is a time to dream and to drink too much caffeine and to bore our coworkers with our plot problems, a time to remember how many pages 50,000 words are (approx. 200), a time to accidentally put on our shirt inside out because we were typing while we got dressed.
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