Preparing for NaNoWriMo

This will be my last real post for a month. That’s because starting tomorrow I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

I’m also suspending my work on other blogs and in other forums. I want to concentrate on my novel this time.

This time meaning this YEAR, as opposed to last year, when I made a half-hearted attempt at one of my works in progress. That one is now almost finished, but I need a boffo ending and I’m not sure how to put that particular character out of her misery. There are almost 40K words in that novella, but the heroine seems to get into mishaps that blossom into other mishaps. I had to put that book away, because my brain was getting rather worn out from trying to keep her adventures wild and wacky.

I find that if I tell myself I’m not visiting certain places, I can keep my concentration going for longer than five or ten minutes. Last year, I was engrossed in a certain social networking web site that was time sucking to the nth degree. I committed suicide on that site on January 1 and have found that I suddenly have more time to devote to my serious work.

However, I will be coming back here to read my favorite people. I’ll be doing this during my regular work day hours, although I am going to cut back on my regular work day hours to write. I’m also cutting back on other things, like sleep, food and exercise.

I really want to round the corner to the final few chapters by Thanksgiving.

So, I will be back December 1st. Wish me luck.

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12 Responses

  1. Luck!

    I know you can do it! Put everything and everyone on the back burner for the month.

    See ya!!!

  2. Good luck Ms. Pande,

    Someday we’re gonna trade books professional courtesy.

    Dr. B

  3. Luck-luck, I know you can do it! 🙂

  4. Good luck with NaNoWriMo! Too Shy to Stop just featured a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham as inspiration for NaNoWriMo participants. You can read the article here.

  5. Encouragement sent your way from me, and I will ask my helpers to add their bits.

    I will ask RG to think encouraging thoughts for you and Sylvie to purr for you.

  6. If I don’t end up on your Fave People list and don’t see you for the month– GOOD LUCK! You can do it.

  7. Best of luck, Pan. I know you can do it.

  8. *cheering*

    You’ll do it! You’ll make it! We’ll miss you, but we’ll all look forward to hearing about your success on December 1st.

  9. *ra-ra-ing cheerleader style pom poms*

    Yay! wonderful news. I shall enormously look forward to hearing how it goes at the end of the month, if not sooner, and in the meantime I will send as many positive literary type vibes your way as I can 😉

  10. Just stopping by quickly. Thanks!

  11. I’m doing it too! Right now! Can’t you tell?

  12. Yes, I can see you!

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