I’ve been a little distracted lately, at least from my writing. Motherhood took hold of me and buried everything else under cloth diapers, dishes, laundry and sleep. I’m settling in to being a mom of two though and am ready to dig my writing time back out. With November just around the corner, it will be that much easier.
I participated in NaNoWriMo last November and loved it! I loved the graphs and watching my word count bars progressively go up. I loved seeing where everyone else in the Hawaiian region was on their word count and where I fell in the group. I loved seeing my name in green on the regional graph showing I was on target or ahead to reach 50,000 words. Most of all, I loved finally getting the story that had been percolating in my brain out.
NaNoWriMo has all the aspects I need to make time for my writing again, but I’m not going to do it this year. The story I have ready to write to another win will have to wait until next year. So how will NaNoWriMo make it that much easier for me to find my writing time again if I’m not participating? Well, I’m going to be doing my own version of it. The manuscript from last year is still sitting, virtually untouched even though I had high hopes of editing and rewriting. I’ve also signed up for the advanced book writing course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. I’ll be reworking my manuscript for the course.
So, this year my November will still involve 50,000 words being written. They just won’t all be a part of the same piece. Some will be from my manuscript being reworked, some will be from posts for this blog and some will be in the journals I keep for my girls. I won’t have all the nifty graphing and word count tools that NaNoWriMo has, but I will have a bar to keep track of my total word count thanks to Shannon M. Howell. By the end of November I will have reclaimed my writing time and be back on track to publication.
How do you stay motivated and on track with your writing?