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Nov. 7th, 2011

12:46 pm - Meanwhile, November.

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From:chipotle
Date:November 7th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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This is my sixth year of failing to participate in NaNoWriMo, I'm proud (?) to say. Ironically enough, I *am* trying to work on a novel and *am* trying to write a thousand words a day on it this month. (Today I have written 58, so I have some distance to go.) At any rate, what kinda works for me -- not reliably but more often than not -- is just committing to write *something* every day. It could be a word target, it could be a time target (i.e., "I'll find a way to set aside a half-hour today for writing").

I suppose when one has children, while it's accurate to say you're missing out on some bits of life, you're gaining other bits that aren't going to happen *without* being a parent. It's probably a worthwhile tradeoff.
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From:balinares
Date:November 9th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
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Well, the tradeoff thing is pretty much my thinking, yes, although it's more of a long-term investment. :) The first few months are not unlike having a particularly loud puppy that just won't learn to poop outside (and now the lady is going to kill me for this, I know), but it gets better when they learn to talk and begin to have opinions and to generally be surprising.

I know that writing everyday, even if only just a little, is a thing real writers do. I've got to try it eventually. I managed it for a little while, two years back. I kept it up for a few weeks, and then it was NaNo time and by December 1 I was all out of words and it all stopped abruptly. Maybe this year is a good time to start again, slow and steady. I've got a number of plotbunnies languishing in my backyard by now, and maybe it's time they start pulling their weight around her, dammit.
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