During November, I need to work my regular job. So how am I going to get NaNoWriMo done?
I also need to exercise.
I also need to keep my house clean.
I also need to run errands.
And so on…
Judging from my experience in past NaNoWriMos, keeping up with my word count seemed to happen more easily when I wrote in word sprints of around 300-500 words for 15-20 minutes each.
I can find these little chunks of time in the nooks and crannies of my daily schedule:
A word sprint at the coffee house before I go to work.
A word sprint during my lunch break.
A word sprint at the coffee house after work.
A word sprint between my sleeps.
“My sleeps”? I get a sold five hours sleep each night. For a couple hours I can’t sleep, so I do things like clean house, write, read or watch tv. Then I go back to sleep for two-three more hours.
Throughout November, I will dedicate my break between “my sleeps” to a NaNoWriMo word sprint.
So If I can habitually do these four word sprints daily, I am guessing I can get around 1,500 every 24 hours.
At least that’s the idea.
I know some of the word sprints will not happen because life happens, but I am sure to get in at least two to three a day. But I’m going to go for four a day. And I’m not going to kick myself if I don’t.
And I’m not setting an exact word goal for these word sprints, but ideally I want to reach 500 words in 20 minutes. But I will settle for 300-500 words per word sprint. And I’m not going to kick myself if I don’t.
This plan also includes longer writing sessions in addition to word sprints, probably in the evenings and on the weekends. I should average 1,667 words a day, which as any seasoned NaNoWriMo participant knows ends up being 50,000 words by the end of November.
Which is the goal.
And I’m not going to kick myself if I don’t.
Because you see, NaNo should be about the joy of writing, the bliss of creativity. It’s about being a part of a community of writers–an activity that is usually solitary.
But whether word sprints or a long writing sessions, a NaNo participant should do what’s best for her or him.