Are you ready for Tuesday? I'm spending this weekend doing my last minute NaNoWriMo prep. I have my computers and devices ready to go and my FocusWriter is set for serious writing time. I've also created a folder just for my project that is easy to grab and transport across my Google Drive.
I've also set up a word counter and time tracker for the month. For my counter/tracker, I'm using Libre Calc and I have set up two columns. One to track word count and the other will track the amount of time I've spent writing. I like tracking my time spent writing just out of curiosity. Last year, after NaNo, I went back and analyzed my writing time to find patterns in my writing.
Yes, I am that nerdy writer who likes to boil down her writing practices into a science. I was able to see that I was strong out of the gate on Mondays but as the week progressed, I would start to lag. Then, by the weekend, I would start to pick back up again. So, this year, instead of trying to spread my word count out evenly over the days, I am going to push myself on days when I am in the flow so I won't feel like a slacker on my slow days. This year I also have a great laminated NaNoWriMo word count calendar that will remind me of my progress even when I don't have my computer turned on.
Another NaNoWriMo prep that I'm lining up this weekend is my reference folder where I keep great articles I've found covering writer's block, character building, dialogue help, etc... This is a great comfort knowing I have somewhere to run to when my writer's muse is being difficult. Add anything to that reference folder that you think will come in handy in case of emergency. Think of it as your writer's first aid kit. Do you respond well to inspirational quotes? Put them in there! Do you have music that gets you moving when your motivation is low? Make a folder inside your reference folder just for music. Look around the NaNoWriMo site and forum for helpful tips that you can add to your reference folder. Just today, in the forums, I found a great new way to back up my work each day that I'm going to try to implement.
Do a run through of the ideas you have so far for your work. If any new ideas pop up, put them on an auxiliary list to turn to in times of writer's block. Last year I was a planner and I got completely flustered when my characters revolted and took off in a different direction. I wasn't ready for it. This year I'm taking the plantser approach and allowing myself to be open to any direction my story takes. It should be an interesting month.
That's it for now...Remember, if you still need to gather supplies, do your NaNoWriMo prep now and don't wait until noon on Monday. It's going to be a great month! I'll see you all tomorrow for our Monty Python day.