Monday, November 06, 2006

NaNoWriMo Procrastination Tips

For those of you living under a rock, November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. Would be/ should be/ never be writer's sign up for the NaNoWriMo write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. That's almost 1,700 words per day.

Understand and embrace the insanity of it all.

Day one, I wrote about 500 words. By day four, I was only at 1,000. I was quite pleased with my first page but pages 2-3 are complete and utter ***. Needless to say, I'm slightly behind schedule. And the more off-schedule I get, the easier it is to procrastinate.

So, in the name of even more procrastination, er, I mean research and information sharing purposes, I've come up with a list...

Ways to Procrastinate and Avoid Doing Your Daily NaNoWriMo Word Count:
- Write a blog post about procrastination
Wonder what it's really like to ride a unicycle
Run 6km
- Make delicious cup of coffee
- Music montage
to find the perfect work outfit for your appeal hearing tomorrow
- Do 4 loads of laundry
- Work on Career Theory parcticum that you forgot to submit before deadline last week
- Drink delicious coconut rum
- Resign yourself to the fact that Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris are gay but T.R. Knight...say it ain't so
- Drink more rum
- Try out new squash soup recipe (yummy!)
- Watch Corner Gas episode where Hank starts a blog
- Take a nap


Peter DeWolf said...

I pvr'd that episode of "Corner Gas." Have yet to watch it.

I am way behind of my daily nanowrimo writing, which I typically like to crank out early in the morning. But, as of yesterday, I was on pace to finish in 25 days! (We'll see how long that lasts.)

Erika said...

Must see TV. PS - Ok Mr. I-can-finish-in-25-days Braggy can stop now :)

Erika said...

I believe this non-novel writing is beginning to impact my blog comments. "Mr. Braggy Pants"? Oh. My. God. What was I thinking?

Peter DeWolf said...

I just realized that the "progress" page said that I needed 25 MORE days, not 25 days in total.

I'm 2 or 3 days behind now. Craaaaaaaaaaaaap. And totally not feeling it today.

Last night I did a 13 minute podcast of me watching a spanish soap opera. I am clearly short on ideas here, people.

Anonymous said...

but he can't be gay. he has fun with hookers in harold and kumar...

Kirsten said...

You've always been a procrastinator. I think deep down you know your best work is done when the pressure is on.

Chris said...

I work so much better under a deadline. If I were in your shoes (or stilleto boots) I'd wait until the 25th and start writing.

Good Luck!

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Amy said...

Gurrrr! Damn that NaNoWriMo! It seems to be cutting into your blogging time.

I miss you, please come back. It's been more than a week!