The NaNo Attitude

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participantPart of winning NaNo is the writer’s state of mind. I start off pretty sweet. Of course that is just my opinion. Don’t ask my family. No doubt they won’t agree because I’ve given them the riot act when NaNo comes around.

When I start at the beginning of the month everything is fine. I write my 2k, plowing ahead and telling myself I’ll fix it later. I’m nice to myself and feel pretty good about the whole thing.

With or without the riot act, it never fails that something comes along during the month that messes with my daily writing and then I have to re calculate. (I’m sounding so anal right now I’m pinching the bridge of my nose.)

Sure I hang in there and but family demands are not something I avoid no matter how important my writing is to me. I know I’ll drop a few days, and I’m good with it. I kinda like that they need me around.

So here’s the thing. I’m not showing off when I write 2k a day. I’m expecting trouble.

I know some writers pad their word count so they can spend weekends with cornflowers-1549821_1280family or know that the unexpected will happen and plan ahead.

I guess what I’m saying is no matter what you do to plan ahead something will happen. Expected it. Plan for it. And when your attitude starts to slip, know you’re not alone. I’m struggling too.

If you have tips now it the time to share them. 😉

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41 responses to “The NaNo Attitude

  1. Family definitely comes first for me as well and I think that is how it should be. Either way, I do know there is sometimes a fine line of balance between it all. 😉

  2. I’m not doing NaNo, but I am using it to finish my current WIP. So far, I was only able to write the last 3 days, because my responsibilities were elsewhere.

  3. Feels like that’s the way of the writer. I was just thinking today how nice it would be to have an office that I could go to. Like JK Rowling has. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

  4. This year I am really trying to stay chill. I wrote a bit extra a few days last week knowing that I would be out of town Saturday night and not write at all Sunday. I ended up a full day behind, but didn’t stress and ended up catching up within two days. The more stress you put on it, the harder it is to write. My Dad died mid-November a few years ago and I didn’t write for two weeks. I was a bit ahead, but not enough to cover two weeks and ended up writing almost 20k words the last two days. You can do whatever you put your mind to and family ABSOLUTELY comes first.

  5. I’m full of admiration for all of you NaNo participants. I think it’s amazing that you can motivated and commit to such a huge task. Enjoy the journey and thanks for sharing!

  6. That’s true for so many things in life to, Anna. Best of luck on your goal!

  7. I try to get ahead in the word count as well, but it doesn’t always work. 🙂

    I’m finding I need to balance the word count with doing background/story/craft work so I don’t get too stuck and fall down too many deep dark plot holes.

  8. Or there’s an election and you’re up until 3:30 in the morning watching the results. Whew!

    The only things worth doing are accomplished through the insanity that is life. Otherwise, they weren’t important enough.

  9. Oy. I ran into November already falling behind so I think this year is doomed for me. Typically I can hammer out words pretty quick, so long as I know where I’m going with it. But yeah, I never plan to get more than 7 or so good writing days out of the 30 day month. Way too hard with work and family. I expect to have no time. 🙂

  10. No tips. I am part of Team Holly this year and I am part of regional NaNo Lake Writer’s so checking in with them and watching them is encouraging. Yup, I’m NaNoing but behind but not sweating will do what I can and hopefully get a few days where I write more than normal. I like NaNo whether win or lose the count I still consider it a win because I show up. That is a writing life lesson that needs to be practice just about 365 days a year.

    Good luck, great post.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  11. I haven’t tried doing NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure I could. In fact, I really admire you jumping in and doing it. I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines, Anna! Keep going. 🙂

  12. I only have one tip. Don’t be a slow writer like me. You’ll never finish Nano.

  13. jennifer@badbirdreads

    Oh yeah, it’s never as easy as it seems.

  14. I’ve hit a snag from the very beginning. I do so much better if I start writing from the middle as I’d learned in last year’s NaNoWriMo. But this year I seemed to forgotten that and started writing linear, shudder. Now going to use the remaining 16 days to start over properly, right in the middle of things.

    • Now this I like. Do it! Do it! 🙂

    • Hi Lidy, starting from the middle? How does that work? Happy writing!

      • Yes Lidy, tell us what you do. 🙂

      • James Scott Bell explains it much better. When writing, most of the time we start waffling in the middle. It’s pretty frustrating especially when writing the beginning and ending wasn’t much trouble. The middle tends to peter out because I don’t delve deep enough into what happens in the middle. I know what I’d like to happen but that’s just scratching the surface. The middle, as Mr. Bell says is ‘where you’re going to discover what your story is really all about.’ With the raised stakes, tension, the moment of death (psychological, professional or physical) that’ll forever shape the character(s) from that point on. Whether for good or bad. All this and more (must get Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell) happens during the climax of a story.
        So start writing from the middle, with all that in mind and write outwards. From the Middle back to beginning of the story. Or from the middle towards the end and lastly the beginning, coming full circle. I prefer the latter. 😉

      • James Scott Bell explains it much better. When writing, most of the time we start waffling in the middle. It’s pretty frustrating especially when writing the beginning and ending wasn’t much trouble. The middle tends to peter out because I don’t delve deep enough into what happens in the middle. I know what I’d like to happen but that’s just scratching the surface. The middle, as Mr. Bell says is ‘where you’re going to discover what your story is really all about.’ With the raised stakes, tension, the moment of death (psychological, professional or physical) that’ll forever shape the character(s) from that point on. Whether for good or bad. All this and more (must get Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell) happens during the climax of a story.
        So start writing from the middle, with all that in mind and write outwards. From the middle back to the beginning of the story. Or from the middle towards the end and lastly the beginning, coming full circle. I prefer the latter. 😉

  15. Hello emaginette, I’m a NaNo newbie and am enjoying the whole excitement of it. Last night I took part in a five minute live word sprint! I lovethe way the internet can generate so many great ideas! (Do I sound like an old lady there? Ah, there may be a reason for that)

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