I attended the NaNoWriMo write-in at Perkins in Omaha on October 31. Maybe 15 people showed up and we all got to know each other before the clock struck midnight.
Then it was on.
I ordered a pot of coffee and wrote nearly 900 words over the next hour or so. The group disbanded around 1:00 a.m., so I finished my other 700 words on Friday evening at Barnes & Noble—which may become my home away from home in November.
On Saturday, I split my writing sessions again, writing the bulk of my word count in the morning and finished near midnight.
Sunday looked much the same.
Routine is good. It keeps me going.
So far, participants need to have written 5,000 words to be on pace to finish by the end of November. I’ve written 5,183, as you can see in the sidebar. I need to be at 6,667 by the end of the day. My guess is, the magic will happen in a local coffee shop later tonight.
During the day (I write and edit for various publications and publishers), I’ve been listening to writing podcasts to keep the creative juices flowing. Here’s what I’ve been listening to:
I've also been friending writers on the NaNo website so I can see where they are in the process. It's always helpful to know that others are walking the same path. Feel free to friend me if you want to.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this year, what are you doing to stay motivated and to keep the creative juices flowing?
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.
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