National Novel Writing Month

It’s November 1st, and guess what…November is National Novel Writing Month!

In case you haven’t heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a great way to get into writing. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month, which translates into 1,667 words per day.
I decided to participate this year, to help me finish the first draft of my novel. I’m also taking a NaNoWriMo class on Tuesday nights. Last week, our class was asked to come up with a tactical plan that will help us reach our goal. Here are some of my personal tactics:

When will I write?
I generally work 9-5, with some outlier meetings (today I had a call at 7 AM). The best time for me to write is early in the morning or late at night. Occasionally I have time at lunch, too.
Where will I write?
Typically, I like to write at home, on the couch. But, for NaNoWriMo I’m going to branch out. There are write-ins all over Seattle, so I may check out one of those. I’d also like to try some new venues- coffee shops, hotel lobbies, the park, etc. Who doesn’t love people-watching? It provides me with some of the best writing fodder.
How will I write?
My preferred vehicle is my laptop. It’s fast and easy. However, I’m finding it difficult to write without editing as I go! Given that, I’ll be mixing paper and digital. I may need a hand massage by the time this is over.
Ambient, classical, and electronic music work well for me.  Extra words tend to distract me while I’m writing.
What’s in it for me???
Studies have shown that people are more likely to reach a goal if there’s an incentive involved. A treat? Well, why not. If I complete 50,000 words by November 30, I’ll take myself out to a nice dinner.
Be on the lookout for more updates as the month progresses. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know how it’s going on your end!

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