Last year, before I went to a self-hosted blog, I made a separate page to use for updates in the month-long international adventure called NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month).
NaNoWriMo is when thousands upon thousands of
totally INSANE people authors around the world make a commitment to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel – from start to finish. Last year I was very ambitious and thought I could not only do that, but double the number while writing and finishing some other projects. I actually wrote just over 81,000 words, the first 50,000 in twelve days…and then I took a week off. So over 80k in roughly three weeks was pretty good. Very exhausting, but good.
This year my goal is much simpler than that. To write 50,000 words to go with the two chapters I’ve already written for Cal’s book. I won’t add the word count I already have, just the new words. And periodically, I’ll do a post about how well I’m doing. It’s not so much for my readers as it is to kind of back me into the whole rock and a hard place position. Yes, I set public goals to embarrass myself into keeping them sometimes.
Why? Because with hypothyroidism-related fatigue plaguing me every day, it’s too easy to give in and take a nap instead. This way it’s constantly on my mind that I have a goal…and everyone knows about it.
So there you have it. Today is November first…and I’m diving in. Keep some life preservers handy though…just in case.