Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. During November, people all over the world come to together to try to write 50,000 words in a month. There are forums and support groups both online and in real life, there are word sprints on Twitter, and the whole thing has a great feeling of mutual understanding and suffering!
I've taken part for the past seven years, as well as CampNaNo, which is run by the same organization in April. It was the first time I did it, back in 2010, when I really learned how to put the self editor aside and throw myself into the story.
Since then, I've honed my writing technique, and now I write on average around 40-45,000 words a month, every month. Sometimes it's a little less if I'm editing a book, but usually I write 10-15,000 words a week.
So today I got up at my usual time of 6am (when the dog wakes me!), sat at the keyboard, checked my emails, and by 6:15 I was in full flow.
Like every muscle, the creative one gets better with exercise, and if you want to be a writer, you have to write every day. I find that if I don't, I lose my train of thought a little, and it takes longer to get back in the flow.
Thinking of doing NaNo yourself? My biggest tip is that I clock my word count at the absolute latest at 4pm, and usually earlier. Then, if I do get more words down after this, they count toward next day's total. That way, I always sit at the computer with words on the page, and usually I'm at least 5-600 words into that day's total. Mind games, I know, but it works for me!
If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that I've had a spate of migraines lately that have been giving me trouble. Well I'm conscious that I spend a lot of time at the computer, and this might be a contributory factor. I've invested in some glasses for watching TV - my eyesight isn't terrible, but they definitely sharpen up any text on the screen. It's important to stay healthy when you have a sitting down job, so as soon as this headache goes, I'm getting back on my treadmill!
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