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November 3, 2008

One of Those Days!

I hope my Monday isn’t indicative of the week to come because I didn’t enjoy it. Nothing really bad happened, just lots of little things that on their own would have been okay, but together made me grumpy. I’m going to have a late night trying to get my word total done for the day. Sigh…

Good luck to everyone who is taking part in NaNoWriMo this month. I see another Sweat with Sven challenge is about to start as well.

I’ve tried these types of writing challenges and have found they don’t work for me. I write at a fairly steady pace anyway and something formal like the above mentioned or a book in a month challenge seems to play with my head. I work better on my own. That said, I am pushing fairly hard for the next month to complete a 90,000 word manuscript. Apart from today I’ve been going pretty well, and if everything continues this way, I should have my first draft done by the start of the month.

Do writing challenges like National Novel Writing Month, Book in a Month or Sweat With Sven work for you, and if so why? Why not? Are you doing NaNo this year?

8 Comments

  1. Christina Phillips

    I’m not doing NanoWriMo, since I’m half way through my wip and want to get that finished. I do like having self imposed or editor deadlines though, since otherwise I find I can drift off course. It’s all about discipline and I don’t have very much of it unfortunately!!!

  2. JK Coi

    I’m with you Shelley. I did NaNo last year, but I’m not going to do it again. Like you, I write each and every day as it is, and NaNo was too hard on my family. But like a lot of authors this month, I’m starting a new project and I’ll be working diligently to get it done (not in a month, mind you). Good luck all!

  3. Colleen Love

    Have to side with you, Shelley. I think trying to crunch numbers would kill the fun of the story. For me, writing is an escape and if I were to participate in something like that, it would become “homework”. No thanks, I’ve done my time there… lol.

    BUT, I am so glad it works for some people. I know that having a little pressure helps some people work better.

    I think I am my own worst task master and my family complains that I spend too much time at the computer as it is. hehe

    I hope your Tuesday is better then what your Monday turned out to be. I’ve had days like that too. You just want to ask for a refund on the day.

    Hugs to you!!
    C~

  4. Elle Parker

    I did NaNo last year, and I’m going it again this year too. I’m a little less driven this year, but I like the energy and the mood of Nano. I have several friends who do it as well, so we have a lot of fun with it.

    I think if I were to take it too seriously, it would suck the fun out of working on my story, but I don’t really stress about my word count all that much.

    Elle Parker

  5. Karen Erickson

    I’m sorry you had a bad day hon. :cry:

    I did Nano back in 05 and I “won.” What it really did was help me realize I could actually finish something. I haven’t done it since but I encourage all who participate!

    I’ve done Sven and it’s really helped me in the past. I do well when I’m held accountable. I signed up for this round but I need to figure out what I’m working on! LOL

  6. Amy Ruttan

    I like NaNo and Sven, I push harder during these times, but for the most part I write everyday. :)

  7. Jory Strong

    Nano and Sven are great tools for getting a rough draft done or building confidence by actually finishing a project (something many authors struggle with), so for those who can do these challenges, more power to you and go for it! I wish I could. But I’m with Colleen. Doing NaNo or Sven would kill the fun for me, plus completely burn out my Muse–something I’ve come close to doing a couple of times when I did too many projects in a row on too tight a schedule.

  8. Shelley Munro

    Christina – I’m pretty good with the discipline thing. Luckily. I don’t go to bed until I’ve finished my word quota for the day.

    JK – good luck with the writing!

    Colleen – You’re right. This sort of challenge does work for people, which is why these challenges are so popular. I’m with you on the homework thing!

    Thanks, today was much better than yesterday. :grin:

    Elle – hi! I think the friendship and comradeship is the thing that is great about NaNo. Happy writing to you.

    Karen – In the words of Scarlet – tomorrow is another day. It was much better! Good luck with the Sven challenge. I know it’s helped lots of people with getting projects completed.

    Amy – I remembered you’d done NaNo and subsequently sold some of your projects. Right?

    Jory – Like you, I tend to burnout but this doesn’t happen if I work on my own. I guess we all have our different ways when it comes to writing, and the important thing is that we know what we’re capable of producing in a given time.

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