NANOWRIMO and Time Management

by RS on October 3, 2010

This year I plan to participate in NANOWRIMO as I stated in my previous post because A) I want that fifty percent off on the Windows Scrivener, but B) also to dig into the first draft of The Wilde Solution. I originally had four chapters and I decided to to trash them and start fresh with NANOWRIMO.

Now what I’m going to do is post my process daily on this blog. Yep, that’s right. I’ll have a separate section where you’ll be able to read the story in all its unadulterated beauty. Or mess. Whichever you prefer to label it. Why am I doing this? Well, I just see it as an evolving exercise. The Wilde Solution is really meant as a story that can be written fairly quickly and with little research. All of it comes from my pea-sized noggin. Will it be any good? Well, that’s for  my fan base to judge and decide.

I’m taking a very different approach with this story. I plan no more than three revisions. Yes, that’s right. Three revisions. That means I better get it right early on in the process. Will it ever see itself as a printed book? It all depends after that final revision.

In any event, I am excited to participate in NANOWRIMO and because it is a huge commitment to write close to 2,000 words a day for thirty days that means that I have to be very, very strict with my time management and not get distracted. A challenge since I seem to have developed the attention span of a Labrador retriever (one that I know very well).

So to put my time management skills to test, the month of October will be used as a test run. That means treating each day as if  I have to be at an office (and I vouch that even when I worked at an office, my time management wasn’t that great. The only difference was that I was dressed to be in an office and not in my pajamas until 2:00 pm). Therefore from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, I will write. From 8:00 to 1o:oo am I will exercise and have breakfast, and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, I will work on HAND/EYE stuff. That means writing and articles, writing queries, preparing mailings, answering work-related emails.  The evenings are reserved for reading and blogging. That’s it. Let’s see if I can pull this off without falling into my typical procrastination traps.

2 comments
Ardee-ann
Ardee-ann

You can do this Rebeca. I know you can. I am getting tuned up for NaNo too. I wish you well in your pursuits.

Cheers,

Ardee-ann

RS
RS

Thanks Ardee-ann. I managed to wake up at 6:00 (but got up at 6:30). Haven't done any writing yet. Still waking up!

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