October 14, 2012

Pace and Race: ROW80 Update

Pace, don't race. It's been my mantra for over a year, both in writing and training for my first half marathon.

Used with permission from
Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.

Now, as I stare down the November 1 start to NaNo, I need to embrace a new idea... pace and race. A month to do 50,000 is more of a sprint than an endurance exercise. But, 30 days isn't really a sprint either. Writing 1,667 (averaging 50,000 words over 30 days) a day for 3 days would be more of a sprint. It will take endurance to keep it up for 30 days.

However, considering my normal writing output, 50,000 words in a month is a sprint.

All of this to say, I am going to spend the next 17 days conditioning myself for an intensely long sprint. To that end, I have new goals for this round of ROW80.

(Maybe I should add some finger workouts to avoid the scenario in the comic to the right!)

My New Round 4 Goals --
Week of October 14
  1. Start outlining Chasing Memories, my NaNo piece -- would like to be halfway by Wednesday's check-in
  2. Make character list for Chasing Memories
  3. Prewrite two blog posts for November 
  4. Edit three chapters on BT, to get ahead on my editing schedule
  5. Look at November review schedule and plan a schedule to get ahead on commitments
  6. Spend 30-45 minutes each day exploring the NaNo site
My overall goal is to use the next 17 days to prepare as much as I can for a crazy November.

Wish me luck!


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Anonymous said...

I had planned to prep also, thanks for the reminder. First NaNoWriMo I wrote every morning, starting right after breakfast. Second year I wrote at various times in the day. Completed my novel both years, but preferred the first approach. So, my plan is to get into the habit by doing writerly things, non Internet-writerly things, from now until November 1st.

bookworm said...

Good luck!! It will be worth it!

Jo Michaels said...

Good luck ;) WRITE ON!

Elise Fallson said...

Oh, good luck! I'm excited to follow you during your NaNo challenge. (:

Julie Glover said...

Woo-hoo! Best wishes for NaNoWriMo and your ROW80 goals. Sounds like you've got a handle on what's coming up in November.