I don’t have a great track record with NaNoWriMo, in fact, I’ve never completed the traditional 50 000 words. So this year, instead of aiming for that and giving up halfway through when it seems impossible, I’m setting myself a more achievable goal that will hopefully boost my productivity as National Novel Writing Month is intended to.
My goal for this month is just to write every day. I’ve done it before, consistently even. It’s the only way I’ve ever managed to finish writing a book. That book is awful, and doesn’t deserve to see the light of day, but it’s complete. I’m hoping that if I write something every day this month, I’ll get the boost I need to start writing consistently again, because the only way to write good stuff is to write stuff, then make it good. That’s something I consistently forget, and need to remind myself of.
I don’t know how often I’ll update with NaNo progress, as by design my goal is a very simple one. So the updates would only be very simple—“yes, I’ve been writing”, or “no, I gave up”—reports, but if I do overcome any hurdles to consistent writing, or make more/less progress than expected I’ll most likely write a post about it.
Good luck to any of you considering taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, feel free to update me on your goals in the comments.