Unfortunately, this year is already shaping up to
be like 2010. My job will be busy, I have my first round of edits do to my
publisher on the 5th (and I’m sure two more round will follow through November) and because of the busy October I had (getting both Birthday List and What Happens in the Booth published) I didn’t even get done most of my errands in October, like I normally do to prepare for nano.
But I can’t not try. Especially now, when I need as many releases out as I can get. So here’s a list of rules I came up with to hopefully set me up in a good place to win nanowrimo this year.
1. What has to be done is completed first. Between edits for my next release, and blogging to promote my current release, there are a lot of things that need to be done. Those have to happen first. Even if I’d rather be writing. I can survive without winning nano, but I don’t want to develop a reputation for not getting blogs in on time or not getting edits to my publishers.
2. Any words are good words. This year I’m not going to focus on getting one work done, but instead I’m focusing on getting any words I can. Unlike earlier nanos, I’m at a different point in my career now, where I’ve proven I can complete a work and getting more works in progress is more important than finishing one.
Works I might be working on this nano include-
· A ménage for the end of the world (already 30,000 plus into)
· Buying the boss - billionaire BDSM Auction story (already 1k into)
· Dirty Work - last in the naughty holiday list series
· Wolf Lake (last year’s nanowrimo novel that still hasn’t been finished)
· And anything else I come up with…
3. There can be no zero word days (a rule I’ve already broken once) even if I’m exhausted and don’t want to lift my fingers I at least have to set some time aside for writing. Even if I only get a hundred words. That’s a hundred words closer to winning.
4. Lunch is for writing. This time of year it gets crazy around work, as we try and close out the financial calendar. Though it shouldn’t be as bad for this year as it was in past years, but it can still be overwhelming. To make sure I still get some writing done, I’ll take my laptop to a quiet place and spend my whole lunch working on my writing (either writing or blogs or edits, whatever needs to be done).
5. On my days off, I’ll commit 8 hours to writing. This year I have four paid vacation days in the month of November. Each of those days I’ll commit 8 hours to writing, just like I did in last years, full time writing vacation.
If I can make these rules work, I just might be able to win this nano season.