Progress Report

November 30th, 2011 • Kate

nanowrimo_logoWell, we’re hours away from the end of November, and I’m curious — how did you do for NaNoWriMo, those of you that participated? Rexroth is upstairs working on his final wordcount as I type.

As for my NaMaReMo project, I have to admit I didn’t do so well. I’m still behind, but making progress forward.

And I think, if there is one to be had, that that’s the true lesson to take from NaNoWriMo: it’s great to set a goal for a month, but if you can do something in 30 days in a fervour, you can do it the rest of your life at another pace. I mean, yay for you if you finished a novel! But if you did it at the cost of your health, your family, your free time, your sanity — think what you could instead accomplish in three months, or four, or six.

I’m taking a lesson from November to learn to better prioritize my time. I’d often get a lot of reading done at lunch over a bowl of soup, or at night after Beau goes to sleep, but there’s lots of time during the day when I don’t need to check Twitter every minute a new tweet is announced. I can wait til there’s twenty new tweets, and spend the time instead getting through five queries. Each little kernel of time adds up.

What did you discover about yourself this month?

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6 Responses to “Progress Report”

  1. Trish Says:

    I learned that I will never win NaNoWriMo because I am the tortoise, not the hare. Slow and steady.

  2. Diana Peterfreund Says:

    me too. But I did get over 28k, so woot!

  3. Deserae Says:

    I didn't participate, but I, too, am cheering all of these participants on! There's one guy in particular I'm very excited to see win NaNo, but my most heartfelt congratulations go out to all. Seriously. You guys rock!

  4. OliviaW Says:

    Third year win, writing the sequel to the novel whose query you critiqued on here.

    I have a friend who intends to get to 95,000 words tonight, though.

  5. Krista V. Says:

    Didn't attempt NaNoWriMo (actually, I never have), but I did discover that third pregnancies are tougher than first or second ones – and especially the third trimesters of third pregnancies:)

    P.S. I started LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR today! I've heard wonderful things about it, so I'm trying to pace myself to make it last longer. (We'll see how long I can stick to that…)

  6. Shannon Says:

    I discovered that writing 1600ish words a day seems hard at first–my back hurt, my eyeballs hurt–but after awhile, it's like training to run. You start out slow, but eventually you get to the point where you have no trouble doing what really hurt at the beginning of the month. Since Nano ended, I've been averaging 2000 words per day, and I'm thinking about trying to push it up to 2500.