Winner, winner, chicken dinner
Off the top, I have to say this: I won! My first time out and I won 🙂
Backtracking to my trip to Surrey
Before I even left, I was considering NaNo. The municipal liaison came out to the Sudbury Writers’ Guild meeting in September to promote. My leave would be until November 18, 2013, so I thought I’d probably have a chance.
While at SiWC, I heard several people talking about NaNo and how it had really helped them get their ideas down, break through writers’ block, built their confidence, and so forth.
By the time I got back, I was determined to give it a try.
I chose a project that I had outlined years ago. I’d had a little bit written, but I hadn’t touched it in years.
I was going to start over in any case.
The power of planning
I knew I was going away for a few days to visit some friends, and that I’d be going back to work before the month was out. I started out by front loading the work, trying to move ahead quickly at the beginning so I could coast a bit at the end if I needed to.
Still, when I went back to work, there were a few low count nights. I was worried.
To make time for my writing in the evenings when I went back to work, I tried using my smart(er than me) phone to keep track of my email and social media.
I got up a half-hour earlier than usual to check Facebook, WordPress follows, and my Feedly follows and share the interesting stuff on Twitter and Google+.
The pilgrim’s progress
Here’s a convenient table for you:
|Day||Count||Total||+ or –|
|19 return to work||1181||32709||+1036|
What I learned
I don’t think I could do this working full time.
Having said that, it was fantastic to know that I could pull a 50000+ word draft together in 30 days. It was interesting to me because my first novel took me a year to write, working in the evenings and on weekends.
It gives me hope that if I do end up getting a deal for my work at some point and am asked to pump out sequels in swift succession, I should be able to do so. Also, if I end up going the self-publishing route, it’s always good to have moar material out there. If people like what I write, I can potentially supply the demand.
While my Samsung Galaxy Note II is quite lovely, I don’t think that I could manage my social media long term using it alone. Some of the information so easily accessible on my desktop is not so convenient to find in an Android app version of the program. Also, some things don’t translate well. Though the Feedly app appears to allow FB mentions in a post, it does not actually include them when posting to FB.
I have a few strange-looking posts over the last couple of weeks, and was not able to keep track of anyone’s birthdays on my phone, so apologies to anyone I may have offended or missed as a result.
Again, it’s good to know that I can do a minimally good job of maintaining my social media from my phone if need be.
Today, except for these blog posts, I have not written. I’ll get back on that horse shortly. I’ve also had to let a few submission deadlines slide because I just couldn’t manage to do it all. Everyone has their limits.
I’ll be blogging in the future about my writing plans moving forward as well as a little about work. Interesting times I live in 😉
Writerly Goodness, signing off.