NaNoWriMo Madness

Yes, it’s started – the madness that is NaNoWriMo – and we are nearly at the end of week one. So, how have I done so far? Actually not too bad! At the end of day 6 I’ve managed to clock up a respectable 14,313 words and am still ahead of my daily target despite having a visitor for 2 days.

The weirdest thing I’m finding is my creative juices start going into overdrive around 9-10pm and I lose myself to the extent that time almost ceases to exist. I have found myself glancing at the clock on the computer only when I need to stop for a natural break or my caffeine supply has run dry, and finding it’s the wee small hours. Yesterday was the worst – I was beginning to feel tired but still very much engrossed in the world I was creating so just carried on. I looked at the clock when I needed a drink and it was 3.20am! Needless to say, after only 5 hours sleep, my eyes feel like peeled grapes today and I’m rather lethargic, but I still feel that overwhelming compulsion to write.

So, is that madness setting in or am I just so driven to complete this challenge that my entire system is working toward that goal (even at the expense of a good night’s sleep)?

As we are about to start week 2, I think I need to take a step back – just for a few minutes – and re-evaluate my working pattern. If I continue to work as I am currently, I fear I will burn myself out before reaching the end. So what to do?

First off, I’m going to set an alarm on my phone so that I start getting to bed at a reasonable hour. After all, lack of sleep doesn’t really help when it comes to being creative. Yeah, I’m getting away with it at the moment, but soon my creativity and my health is going to suffer. If I have loads of ideas in my head, I’m going to jot down brief notes on the scratch pad in the writing software I’m using, so I can refer to them the following day and use them to trigger the inspiration fairy. (By the way, I’m using ‘Write Way’ and the functionality on it is so useful – it’s AWESOME!).

Secondly, I think I need to organise my days better. There are some chores that just can’t be abandoned during NaNoWriMo, such as cooking (lol), so I now have a new plan of action. When I get up in the morning, I’m going to do what chores can’t be put off, organise and prepare my meals in advance (well, as much as possible), checkand answer my messages and emails and then I can devote myself to writing. I believe that by organising my time better, I won’t feel the need to stay up all hours of the night as I’ll have more time during the day to write.

Sound like a plan to you?

So how are you coping with NaNoWriMo? Have you developed any idiosyncrasies?

Anyway, good luck with reaching your goal.

Carlie x

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Madness

  1. It’s weird, I also feel I get more into writing in the evenings/night even though normally I’m much more alert and study better during the day. At the beginning it took me hours to write the word goal each day, but then the last few days, as I’ve progressed in the story, I’ve been able to write so much more in less time. I keep coming up with new ideas as I go along; I write stuff which I had no idea I was going to write until it was written.

    I think all writers have got to be a little bit mad :p

  2. I personally find that a lack of sleep makes me more creative. I start seeing the world from a different point of view and it is actually kinda funny. My tired mind seems to be more susceptible to the influences of my characters and I get more written. When I’m awake, I want to be doing loads of things other than writing.

    Definitely agree about breaks being needed. My body tells me to quit and rest and splint up for the next few months like I normally would about this point, but I cannot listen during the good old month of November and it has some every detrimental effects on my wrists, hands and brain. I suppose I will take a couple of days rest so that I’m ready for my practical assessment on Wednesday, but what I say and what i do seem to be two different things right now.

    For the first nano ever, I am avoiding caffeine after my day 3 crash… Far too much of the stuff led to me burning out and being so fatigued I could not focus right… Maybe in a few days I’ll return to the energy supply that is coffee, but definitely in far more moderate portions.

    Good luck with planning out a schedule. I fail at that all the time, regardless of what time of year. My mind doesn’t seem to prioritise things correctly :p

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