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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#NaNoWriMo survival - one strategy won't work for every day

This is seven days into Camp NaNoWriMo, and I should be at about 7000 words (since my goal this time around is 1k wds a day), but of course right after I posted about how we all need to JUST WRITE IT, I had an out-of-the-house-all-day day, then a holiday, then a recovering-from-the-holiday day, and now I'm 2k behind.

Which brings me to today's bit of knowledge: the same strategy won't work every single day of the challenge. Writing a thousand words a day worked for the first few days, when I didn't have to be afk or out in the world, but I didn't manage to write anything at all when my schedule changed and I suddenly DID have to be away from the constant reminders that I had this thing to do--my open tabs and my carefully-listed notebooks.

So I have to come up with a new strategy--today, that means writing even when it feels like rusty crap and pushing past the bare minimum so that I can make up some of the lost words and get closer to getting on track.

Tomorrow, maybe it'll mean writing a lot more; maybe it'll mean barely making the minimum. I can't say. But I also can't justify beating myself up over lost days when there's still plenty of time to catch up, you know?

So have contingency plans--alternate ways of attacking that wordcount so that you can switch to a different way of working to keep getting work done!


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