It's late in the day (ish) but I told myself I was going to post three times a week, and so, here it is.
I was talking to my CP's the other night about why I was doing NaNoWriMo again. There are several people who are on the fence about it and I thought I'd lay out my reasons.
1. Excitement is contagious. Seriously, as people are cranking out words, gearing up for Friday, talking about the prep they are doing, I can't help but feel that enthusiasm. And that excitement transfers into my writing.
2. It's a concrete goal. I know how many words I need to write in a day, I know my writing buddies are going to see how well or poorly I'm doing, and progress is incredibly measurable.
3. It's the epitome of butt in chair and write. If a passage doesn't come out as poetic as I would like, just keep writing. If a character's dialogue doesn't really sound all the way like them, just keep writing. I can get too hung up on having everything be just so, which stagnates progress immensely. NaNoWriMo gives me permission to dismiss that.
That being said, I will offer this confession.
I've never won.
I have never hit 50k in one month, and usually top out at 36-38k. Part of that is because as much as remembering #3 liberates me, I can't let it go all the way. I still have to write in my way, and as I get to know my characters better (even after extensive outlining), I have to let them tell their story the way it needs to be told, and it slows me down.
But come December 1st, that 30k+ more than I would have ever had if I didn't buy into the program.
Are you in? What can you do that will still allow you to feel the excitement of productivity?