Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Write Extra

15,000 Word Blog Word Count: 1,544
My NaNoWriMo Word Count: 2,196 :(
Where we should be Word Count: 5,001

Day: 3

Tip# 3


So, today is day three, still just the beginning. Now my tip for today focus mostly on your mental state while writing. Now for best results, you have to understand from the beginning that it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. If you're struggling, think about writing one day at a time.

Is that you up front?

Another helpful practice is to write extra, daily. Instead of writing 1,667 words on the dot every day, push yourself to go beyond that. (Do not look to me as a good example right now) Try getting to 2,000 words every day. This is really helpful when it comes to the end of the month, the weekend, or a busy day. If you wrote 2,000 words every day, every five days you could take a break... that's 6 days to relax. Now I'd advise you to save those days for the end of the month or at least for later in the month, but heck, if you're pushing out 2,000 words for a week straight, you're doing really good! :)

Another tip, cut something small out. Like going to the gym or doing the laundry or scrubbing the house. Face it, free time is vastly limited and now nonexistent. If you could add 3 hours a week to your writing time, you could get those 2,000 words. I know, i know. Someone has to do the laundry! Try delegation out. Spend one day teaching your teenager how to do the laundry herself. Make your family draw straws to see who cleans the bathroom. If your in school, you can't cut out your homework. However, this is a perfect time to practice time management. Do your work in study hall, that's what it's meant for just do the work. No homework for the day? Go to the library or computer lab and get typing! (use your flash drive ;) And when all else fails, cut out your internet time completely. Forget about going on facebook or surfing the web. Turn your wi-fi off unitl you have your words all written. Prioritize!

Your families will hate me, hehe.

Dare: Shirk non-writing responsibilities.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Back Up

15,000 Word Blog Word Count: 1,164
My NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1,668
Where we should be Word Count: 3,334

Day: 2

Tip# 2

Goeie More,

Good Morning all! I'd like to try to get these posts out to you as early as possible in the day. Yesterday didn't go so well, but I'm ready now!

So, my tip for today is a VERY IMPORTANT one. It can save you time and countless tears. This is absolutely necessary if you want to get to 50,000 with a computer that is still in one piece. I'm talking about technological issues. Your personal computer or whoever's computer you are writing on is not reliable. I don't care if you don't go on the internet ever on a brand new laptop so that it won't get a virus (then how are you reading this). It is possible for computers to simply crash. It is possible for the battery to go dead, turn off  your computer, and delete the days work on your novel. Try writing at 11:30 p.m. and losing all your work in one fell swoop, it sucks. You don't want this to happen:

So here's my advice SAVE YOUR NOVEL, and BACK IT UP!!!!! I cannot stress to you how important it is to have another copy of your file. This isn't a one page journal entry you worked on for 30 minutes, this is a full fledged novel you will work on for 30 DAYS! Losing all your hard work is completely unnecessary. There are countless easy ways to stop this from happening.

1. Save frequently! If you're writing in a Microsoft Word file, make sure you click the save button every time you have a lull. Thankfully Microsoft does it automatically, but if you make it a practice to save every time you're not typing away, you'll always save before you get up to leave or get distracted. These points in time are serious word depletion alerts. If you're not writing in a Microsoft Word file, save even more frequently and make sure to do one or two of the following.

2. Email!! Your friends know that you're working on this huge feat, why not keep them more involved. Send out an email either every day or at least every week. Attach the file and ask friends to keep it in their inbox for a month.  This gives you an opportunity to tell them how you're doing and gives you an online copy of your document in someone else's care. If your fearful your friends will open it and read your unfinished work (a. this can be a good thing, b. if you ask them not to they probably won't) simply email it to yourself. If you don't already have one create another email account. I have one for junk mail and such. You don't even need to go open it, just as long as it's there. Hopefully you'll never need to call in a favor and use your backup.

3. Online documents. Google has an excellent online documents page that will allow you to upload any file and edit it at your leisure. I use this for any group project I have to work on for school, it's great. But for NaNoWriMo this will let you access your work anywhere that has internet access. So, if you're at work or school you can just hop on the computer, type in your username and PRESTO! There's your novel! Update this daily so that you will never be without all of your work.

4. Flash Drives! Now my personal favorite is my flash drive. They run from about $10 to really expensive but the $10 one is all you'll ever need. Save your file on here every time you write and you can carry it everywhere with you! Now you can access your computer anywhere you have another computer, with or without internet access. Plus it saves a lot of time, everything online is great but it takes a little while to get to your document if your computer is slow. Flash drives give you instant access to everything. It doesn't come without its problems though. At home, make sure you have one file on your computer and one on your flash drive and make sure you are saving the one that is most update. When you're done for the day click file save then file save as and select the old file.

2.0 GM Flash Drive

5. Put it on a CD! CD's may seem old now that even music is on a little rectangular device but they are permanent. I'd recommended doing this twice all month, once at 25,000 words and once at 50,000 words. This you can put somewhere safe and know you almost have a hard copy.

BACK UP your material!!!!! It's necessary, your novel and NaNo wellbeing depend upon it!

Dare: Save your novel and BACK IT UP!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Report Card

15,000 Word Blog Word Count: 362
My NaNoWriMo Word Count: 368
Where we should be Word Count: 1,667

Day: #1!!!

Tip# 1!!!!


We're HERE!!! I hope all of you have your 1,667 quota for today. Well, the hypocrite that I apparently am, I have barley started. But! That's ok! Because... we are in the honeymoon period. For the three days to the next week, depending on how busy your schedule is, writing will be a no brainer, problem free.

But, we can't get through this alone. You'll need some handy dandy tools. Here's my favorite:

Writing Report Card

Report Card

It's a report card designed specifically to track your progress. There's a Morale Chart, a Progress Chart and even a Summary report all based off of the information you plug into the little boxes. It helps you keep track of the entire month as a whole. I did not make this!!! I found it years ago and though I do believe there are others still floating around out there I have not been able to find this version since. It neatly keeps the heading right at the top no matter where you are in the spreadsheet, very helpful. I only added the pretty little picture, though I didn't do that either.

A few other thing's I'd like to suggest.
1. Keep updating your word count on the website. It's nice to see as you go how much you're accomplishing day by day.
2. Get emails from the website. Not only will it remind you to write if you happen to stray away to all the distracting emails, it just might tell you something interesting.
3. Don't go online explore until you are done with your daily quota, it will only get you distracted.
4. Though it kills me to say this, don't read this blog, any others or any social networking site until you have reached your daily quota. Now homework and other responsibilities do not necessarily fall into this category but as long as you're not web browsing too much you're more likely to focus and get your writing done.

Good luck all!! I'm off to write my own 1,667.

Dare: One thousand, six hundred sixty seven words.