NaBloPoMo November

You’ve heard of “NaNoWriMo”, right? People from all over the world sit down in November to write 50,000 word novel drafts. You know, between coking Thanksgiving dinner, watching all those parades and football games, and taking all those turkey-induced naps. Seriously, wouldn’t any other month be better than November? Anyway, I tried that a couple times and I have now decided I just don’t have a novel in me. Picture book? Maybe, but not a 50,000 word story.

That’s why I was a bit excited to find NaBloPoMo. Kinda the same idea, in that you set a goal to write every day, except this one you only have to write a blog post every day. The story doesn’t have to connect day to day. Which is good, because my stories can rarely stay on track for five minutes. See this entire post for proof.

Even though you really are only supposed to post on weekdays, I think I’m going to go full out and do it every day. If I’m already struggling to get five entries written a week, what’s the harm in making it seven? But really, I want to have a reason to push myself to sit down and write or share something daily. More than just, “Meh, my to do board says I should.” I figure signing up on the BlogHer NaBloPoMo Blogroll should be the kick in the pants I need. Plus I would like to make myself be more interactive with the whole thing rather than just blah, blah, blah-ing away. This should make it easier to find some new people to follow, read, and comment.

Want to find out more about NaBloPoMo? Click the badge below or on the sidebar. Let me know in the comments if you are participating, so I can be sure to follow your month of blogging as well.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Time to Start Again

Sometimes I have a problem with follow-through. I get off to a great start, but I never get around to an end. It was the one thing I found difficult about creative writing assignments, the ending.

I also have a problem of trying to find rules to follow for everything, so I’m sure I’m doing whatever I’m doing “right”. Trying to read all the advice and “do’s and don’ts” lists so I won’t make so grand mistake. The problem with that is I end up trying to sound like someone else, trying to sound perfect, instead of just writing like me.

You may or may not have noticed my attempt to end posts with a question, use at least one picture per post, and a host of other things the “experts” say you must do to have a good blog. That’s not me. I don’t care about being “internet famous” (or any other kind of famous for that matter). I want to do what I do, how I do it, and let that be that.

I’m trying to apply that kind of philosophy to many areas of my own life this year as well. I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions, knowing that I’d set something impossible to achieve and forget about it by January third anyway. But I have decided to set out some goals for myself, things I want to accomplish on a monthly basis. I’m going to keep track of all the things I do this year, mainly for myself in my own notebooks, so I will have things to share with you all.

I can’t give myself strict deadlines, because I am a horrible procrastinator and use a deadline as an excuse to put something off until the last minute and then rush through to get it done. I want to enjoy the things I do this year, so I’m hoping to take some time each day to get to a few projects and in turn get more things done and be much happier with the results.

One thing I hope to do this year, besides my specific goals, is to be more social. That means both in person and online having more conversations rather than just giving short answers. I want to be more involved in everything I do, I guess is what I’m saying. Rather than thinking about the millions of other things I need to be doing, focus more on where I am and what I’m doing that moment.

These are my hopes and ambitions for the coming year. I wish you all a year of peace, prosperity, and the ability to take whatever life gives you and turn it into something great.

Happy New Year!

Delusions of Grandeur

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I am any better than anyone else. I don’t think I can do things better or faster than others. I don’t even think I have more determination or talent than others.

I just like to set incredibly lofty goals and pretend I think I can achieve them.

I never really understood the “set small, achievable goals to motivate yourself” thing. How can I motivate myself if all I have to look forward to is something I already know I can do? Over the years I have decided I need to challenge myself with my goals if I ever want to get anything done.

I’ve already mentioned what an accomplished procrastinator I am. Everyday things I know I should do get pushed to the side in favor of reading, watching TV, or just staring at the walls. (I truly did that once for about an hour; I don’t know why.) So if I ever want to get anything done I have to force myself to over-reach.

That is why, instead of just participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I am setting myself a goal of writing a 50,000 word novel-base each month for the next three months. That way I will end up with three books to be editing and rewriting rather than one. Either that or I will at least finish one book this time. (The closest I’ve ever come to reaching the 50,000 word goal was the Camp NaNoWriMo this August where I finished about 32,000 words in one month.)

I will keep a word count on my Projects page, and possibly update at the end of each Tuesday’s post how many words I have written. (I will try to remember, at least.)

Now, if you will excuse me, I am about 8 days behind schedule. That seems about normal.

What kind of goals do you set for yourself? What is the biggest goal you have ever actually accomplished?

Summertime Writing

I’m sure most of you know about NaNoWriMo by now. Participation increases incredibly every year, as does publicity from those participants.

If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Writers from all over the world try their hardest to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November. There are even programs for teens and kids that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Remember the movie “Water for Elephants” that came out earlier this year with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson? Well, the book that movie was based on was written during NaNoWriMo a few years ago.

But what if you don’t have time to write in November? I mean, the majority of holidays are either in November or December, so if you aren’t celebrating you are getting ready to celebrate and surrounded by family and friends. This doesn’t leave much time to sit around and write a whole novel.

Luckily, the Office of Letters and Light (the brains behind NaNoWriMo) has a solution. Starting this year, they are offering Camp NaNoWriMo! There are two sessions of camp, July or August (or both, if you are so inclined), in which you will try to write a full 50,000 word novel.

Most of us, even if you work full time, have a little more free time in the summer (I don’t know how it works, but it does). Shouldn’t you try to accomplish something with that time other than eating a whole watermelon in one sitting?

What are you waiting for? Get writing!

Waiting

Days go by

Just a blip in time

But we are all waiting

And we don’t know why

 

So many opportunites

And chances to fly

But we are all waiting

And we don’t know why

 

We miss a lot of things

So many things we do not try

But we are all waiting

And we don’t know why

 

Our lives will be gone

In the blink of an eye

But we are all waiting

And we don’t know why

 

copyright 2010 Casey Kay