Yesterday I was working from another office. At lunchtime my boss called me and told me that Facebook was blocked on the computers in the office. I checked this morning, and it’s true. Life as we know it is over! Actually, I’m quite happy about it. I used to spend far too much time on there, and I lived without it for the first year I was here, so I can live without it again.
Twitter though; that’s a different matter altogether! Live without Twitter? How the hell am I going to do that? I’ll tell you what it does mean – it means I’m going to get more writing done. It means I’m going to read more people’s blogs that I don’t find the time to read now. It probably means I’ll do my new job upstairs better, and without distractions (I’m staying working at the same company when I move jobs).
It’s sad, but it’s not the end of the world. In fact, part of me wishes they’d done this before. Lets face it, if they hadn’t have done it now, I’d be on one of them now, not blogging. Then I’d blog this afternoon, and wouldn’t have time for writing. This way I’ll have all afternoon for writing. Oh, if only it was NaNo this month!
NaNo. Well. Obviously I’m going to have a lot to say about this for the next month. In November I may have nothing to say about it, or anything in fact, as I may be writing a novel and not have time for blogging. I don’t know.
Yesterday I read a really good article over at Write Anything about preparing for NaNo. It scared the hell out of me. I took notes from it, and plan to use them. But… Planning… For NaNo. I’m not talking novel panning here, I’m on that, that’s fine. I’m talking planning when to write, how to write, arranging life to incorporate writing that much EVERY SINGLE DAY. Agghhhh.
Last year I knew I had 10 days off to recuperate from an operation. I’d never had an operation before, so was under the impression I was going to have 10 days at home writing. That was my preparation. I was going to fly through it. Five days after I got back from hospital, when I was still sleeping most of the day, and in agony the rest of the time, I realised this was slightly a wrong assumption.
Turned out I had two weeks off, and only on the last few days was I able to write. Then as it got closer to 31st October I realised I couldn’t do it. I had too many words to write. But, I didn’t want to be a failure. So I pulled a couple of ALL DAY writing days. I mean ALL day. This is my word count graph. It’s not totally accurate as there was at least one day where I didn’t get my word count in until after midnight, so it posted on to the next day. Still… It’s pretty impressive.
I forgot about the other none writing days. At the beginning of the month, I got a stomach bug, and wasn’t up to writing!
This year, I’d like my word count to be more in line with the goal count.
Anyway back to what I was saying. I didn’t prepare last year. Having read the Write Anything article, I think I should this year.
Especially as I worked out something last night. Just before midnight I realised I couldn’t put off writing for NovelPI any longer. With 15 minutes of the day left I started typing. 10 minutes later I had 300 words (50 over my goal for the day – result).
So. If I write 300 words in 10 minutes, to write 1,667 words, I’ll need 55 minutes. And that’s presuming I will just be writing, not thinking. I’ll need A LOT of thinking time too. So basically I need well over an hour a day. Last night that was pretty scary. Today… actually it doesn’t seem too bad.
I’m going to try to get 15 – 30 minutes in each day during my lunch break (work days). Then after dinner, I’m just going to have to write. None of this watching TV rubbish like last night. I guess if I go out in the evening, I’ll stay back at work and do some before I go out. Some weekends will be easy. I have nothing planned, other than working my 2nd job on the Saturday day for a couple of them. Others will be hard, with the job then going out in the evening too. But, I don’t start until 12, which means I can easily get an hour or so in before. Who needs sleep anyway?
Ok, so it’s a lot, but it’s not impossible. I’d like to ‘bank’ some words at the beginning so that if I slip up (I’m thinking hangover here, or not being able to say no to an unexpected night out) I’m not going to get that far behind.
I’ve also got six days holiday to take before the end of the year, so I may take a few to write. I might even go away somewhere for a long weekend and write. Who knows. What I do know, is that I’m GOING to write 50,000 words in 31 days!