Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My NaNoWriMo Pledge

I should be scolded. I've been a bad, bad writer. You see, I have a horrible, dirty confession:

I've only worked on my WiP maybe three times in the last month.

Dun dun DUUUUUN! And even when I sat down to write, I put in MAYBE 500 words - if that. Well, it all stops here. No more excuses. No more "But Hubs wants to watch a show with me" or "My Spidey senses are tingling and I need to go save someone." Because seriously, they can take care of themselves. I have no muscle to save them from whatever predicament they're in anyway.

So, you are all my witnesses. I PLEDGE to work on my WiP as often as possible during NaNoWriMo next month. Should I be so bold as to set a goal? There's no way I can write a full novel. I'm still working on my first one ever, and I have the day job.

Should I say 50 pages? Or about 15,000 words? That's a lot for me, guys. SOME people *cough, cough, L.T. Host - cough* can write 15k in a couple days. But I move at a slower pace. Yes, this feels about right. That means I'll have to put in 3,750 words a week. Once I wrote about that much in a single day!

Woo! I feel better already. I really enjoy writing. I do. Life just gets in the way sometimes. And then I get lazy. It happens to everyone. But I love my story and my characters. I want them to be more than just thoughts in my head. I want other people to read about them and give them life.

So who's with me? What are you pledging to do during NaNoWriMo? Let's all stick together and be each other's cheering squad. Without my fellow writers, I'd probably still be saying "yeah, maybe I'll write a novel - someday."



L. T. Host said...

WOOO! I <3 writing pledges. :) I know you can do it!

And, uh, as for me? I won't be setting a pledge of my own because I hope to be out of the actual writing phase by then. And I don't think I can quantify editing fairly. Either way, I'm excited to see what YOU come up with :)

Now, this *technically* counts as writing, missy, but... *ahem*

Keriann Greaney Martin said...

I know, I know! I'm getting back to it. :D

Adam Heine said...

Try writing something every day, even if it's just 20 words (says the hypocrite who regularly skips multiple days in a row).

Also, no NaNo pledge for me. Just a continuation of my current pledge: 1k words a day, 3-5 days a week.

Keriann Greaney Martin said...

Thanks Adam, I will. I think I just need to have my head in my WiP more often. The words will come easier then and I won't have to struggle to find the voice again. I tend to psych myself out with these big gaps!

Unknown said...

That sounds like a challenging but reachable goal :D I've never tried to write a whole novel for NaNoWriMo but I like to use it as imspiration to work on whatever project I have with added vigor. I'm thinking I'll try to hold myself to AT LEAST an hour of writing time a day. It's not a lot but I think the consistency is a more important area for me to work on right now.

Oh, yeah. And there's that finished manuscript I've been putting off for over six months now. I may have to do something about that as well . . .