Friday, November 6, 2020

Using NaNoWriMo to Build a Vacation Mind

I know the point of NaNoWriMo is to not only build a daily writing habit, but to built a book. The hope is that after 30 days of trying to write quickly that you’ll have something. I am trying it again, because I just can’t seem to get into a regular routine with writing. It’s been a quick thing to get out of the way and I don’t want that. I want the writing habit to be more of a vacation, if that makes sense. I think part of the problem is that I don’t have a great way to get started on all this. If I knew I was going to work through a particular chapter per day, that would be helpful, but right now, it feels like I need to take a lot of time to get to that place. It’s the cold water problem, and I wonder if I am going to suffer from it my entire life. The cold water problem being you don’t want to dive in, because the water is cold. Once you swim a little, you get used to the water temperature and have fun.

I think the very first thing I need to do is to setup a regular timing. I then need to figure out enough to prepare and make it easy to launch into the next chunk. So perhaps, make sure the next chapter is outlined, and then also include some inspiration. Two kinds of inspiration: Raw inspiration that isn’t as structured. Inspiration that is focused on the book. I need a way to think of these as a boarding pass to the vacation. Maybe like a digital cruise card? Going back on the ship of writing.


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