The “I have gone completely mad” NaNoWriMo goal entry

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching. Contrary to previous years I lacked any enthusiasm whatsoever – it’s been a stressful year, and while I was going to participate, there would be no overachieving this year, as everything seems to happen in November. I had no idea what to write, I didn’t have any motivation… So yeah. Strictly 50k for me.

Famous last words.

The following happened: A friend of mine, who are in my writing group and also ML for Norway, poked all of us on Facebook and told us that the forums now had been wiped and were new and shiny, so go and post things. So I did, and after hanging around in the regional forum for a while I started browsing the others and discovered something.

A Beyond 50k forum. A whole forum, for people like me, where people write lots of words more than the NaNoWriMo goal, or write 50k in less time. Can it be more awesome? Yes, it can, because it’s populated by really, really awesome and inspiring people. Too inspiring, in fact. The enthusiasm was infectuous, and, well, I didn’t resist. After the first day there was no doubt in my mind that I would overachieve this year as well, except if my health (mainly stress-related, so it should be controllable) decided not to cooperate.

I have ended up with the following goals:

Total word count: 100k. After looking at my schedule and my WPH it should be possible with 150k, but let’s at least TRY to be realistic here. Probably won’t be able to stop myself from trying, though. My minimum goal is 75k, my aim is 100k and if things go really well… 150k.
50k weekend (yes, 50k during three days): The second weekend – the first weekend of my week-long holiday, in fact.
25k Saturday (during the 50k weekend)
Beating my daily goal of 13k
– Finishing my novel (btw, I had a fantastic title for it, why did it disappear from my head?? Oooh wait. It was on my NaNo profile.)

Because I’m going to finish my novel during NaNo, and also because I’m so enthusiastic about this story that I cannot wait, I’m going to plan my novel in advance. Normally I love to pants (and if I have words and time to spare I will start on a non-planned story as well), but I think planning in advance will make November less stressful. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but I’ve had stress-related problems for most of this year, so I don’t want to take more chances than necessary since I don’t know how my health will be in November.

I’m also taking other steps to minimise stress – I’ll do as much as I can at work during October, so that I’m ahead during November and thus less tired when I get home. I’ll also make sure that my apartment and clothes are clean, and that my freezer is stocked with meals I only need to re-heat (surprisingly easy for a one-person household, since there’s almost always at least a serving left that I can throw into the freezer whenever I make a proper meal). And, if I get too stressed during October, I’m going to through some of the steps out of the window so that I’m not exhausted before November even begins. Somehow I never felt more ready for NaNo than I am this year – I’m even thinking of venturing into the chat, which is NOT something I do often.

What are your goals for this NaNoWriMo?

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