Oh yeah, I’m doing it again this year. As an ML.
And my goal this year is one hundred thousand words of Norwegian horror and ghost story. But this year I am prepared!
My co-ML has done pretty much all the preparations that needed to be done. I have made welcome packets, started a couple of threads in the forums, and made sure we have somewhere to have our write-ins. Apart from that? Nada. Zip. I haven’t even made the outline for my novel. I’ll be doing that this evening while watching horror movies with the BBF. Speaking of – happy Halloween!
So how will I be surviving this year’s “literary madness”? Well, I have been doing this for a few years already, so I have made A Failsafe Plan. We’ll see if it’s Nedysafe too.
Anyway, the plan is basically Follow The Routine.
- Up by 10am, in bed and lights out by 1am.
- Have regular meals (I am making all of my dinners this month ahead of time; guess what I’ll be doing today) away from the computer.
- Go for a walk for at least half an hour every single day. Preferably make that a walk to the gym.
- Spend one hour every evening listening to a podcast while knitting. Spend another hour reading a book. On paper or Kindle. Disconnect completely.
- Diary. Every day. Just a couple of sentences, but do it. It clears the mind.
- Shower every single day. First thing in the morning.
And of course – drink that water and ask for help if needed.
I can’t remember anything I wrote last year. I did make it to fifty thousand but I didn’t write a syllable once I made that milestone. I was exhausted and angry and uninspired. This year I’ve prepared a lot better, I feel. I’ll also have to remember to take advantage of the ML-chat, for when I feel like giving up on both MLing and NaNoWriMo and never want to think of either thing ever again.
Why one hundred thousand words though? Because I redid my 101 Things in 1001 Days list and it’s on there. I mean, I what’s life without a couple of challenges, right?
So happy NaNoWriMo and godspeed to those participating! And to the rest of you: see you in January 2018. Season’s greetings and happy new year. Send snacks.
“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.”
– Ernest Hemingway