November is almost here. That means that NaNoWriMo is almost here. We are one week away from all the chaos that is NaNoWriMo and the frantic behavior that it evokes. That means we have one week to nail it all down. One week left of peace. One week before we become raving lunatics on a mission. And then it starts. Then NaNoWriMo consumes all our spare moments of time as we craft a novel.
Getting Yourself Together
We are a week away from starting NaNoWriMo. For some people they will just begin their outlines now. For others, like me, their outline is pretty much done. Either way, with only one week left until the marathon begins its time to get yourself into the right state of mind. Able to be ready. The biggest thing to remember is that NaNoWriMo is a race yes, but it is not a spring. It’s a marathon. Success in NaNoWriMo for most people will come with being able to pace themselves and not lose focus.
Thanksgiving is at the very end of the month this year, so there shouldn’t be time to lose momentum or get to distracted and never get your groove back. So that means, if you can keep your focus and push for the majority in the month it will be okay. One think you can do to start getting yourself into that frame of mind for November is start to change your schedule now. For me, I write mostly early in the morning. That means waking up early. In order to prep for NaNoWriMo and having to get up earlier, I set my alarm to wake me up when I will be throughout the month of November. No, I don’t actually get up, but letting the alarm wake me up helps me get into a rhythm. And that’s what it is all about at the end of the day. This last week before NaNo, is a chance for you to get into your rhythm so you don’t shock your system come November 1st. The easier the transition into your new rhythm the more likely you will be to stick it out to the end.
Where I’m At
This week I’ve been very productive. Actually, I haven’t, but that is partly due to sickness and partly due to realizing that there wasn’t much planning left for me to do. Unlike many of my previous projects, I realized that I didn’t have 30 chapters of story, but more like 16. This isn’t a bad thing as I have more than enough world building and plot lines to delve into. But rather than having more chapters, this time I have less. I’m excited to delve into it and see how this story turns out.