We're officially in the holiday season, a time that sends many writers into a tizzy of stress and deadlines and too many sweets. Many of my friends are past the NaNo-Mania and looking forward to their holidays, but I'm on the fence.
You see, I missed a lot of the November Frenzy that I love.
Along with the usual crap that sucks up a writer's time: Work. . .Family. . .Holidays. . .Traveling. . .this year I also turned 50 (*OMG*) and had a car accident in the same 24 hour period.
Yes, I'm mostly fine, but my car is totaled. And now I'm buried in paperwork and phone calls and chiropractor visits. Plus, I have to look for a new car I had no plans to buy. *whining*
But I'm no quitter.
Do you remember my pep talk from the Bikini Wax Theory of Writing?
We're writers. Writers persevere. Even if it's only one page at a time--hell, one sentence at a time--we keep going. We are mighty beings formed of stubbornness, creativity and caffeine.
Don't let a crazy November steal your Writing Mojo!
Join me in observing National Novelist Slack-Ass Month in December, lovingly dubbed NaNoSlackMo. There's no rule that says all the words must happen in November.
Perhaps we need a #NaNoSlackMo hashtag, to really help people get in the mood. Who's with me???
Who else still needs their community? Their writing sprints? Their progress reports? I've heard worried rumbles amongst my peeps about living without the cool tools available at www.nanowrimo.org.
The short answer is: you don't have to!
Did you know that you can use cool tools from NaNo all year long?
- The Word Sprints tracker has individual and group sprint trackers. Those group sprints were how Julie Glover and I won NaNo in 2016. Group sprints are my crack.
- Also available all year long are the NaNo Pep Talks. Love 'em!
- Ditto on the NaNo Prep Resource Library. Coolest. Thing. Ever.
Other good tools for word count tracking:
- This site lists 6 app-based options. I like Loop-Habit Tracker because (a) the cool name, (b) it's on my Android and (c) it exports to a spreadsheet file if I want it too. Oh, and there are settings that have your phone
nagremind you to write. HabitBull is another one I have my eye on.
- Scrivener also has great tools to track those word goals. Scrivener's word count targets can easily be set. Here's a video.
- Also, Gwen Hernandez did a post here at WITS that shows how to export your writing history. Holy cowbell, people, that is awesome stuff!
- Finally, if you've never explored Jamie Raintree's Writing and Revision Tracker, now might be the time. It's a groovy Excel tool for tracking up to 10 projects! She's working on the 2019 version right now. Woo!
During December, in addition to my holiday baking, I’ll be working to complete the 25,000 words I missed in November. While I loved seeing my pals crossing the NaNo finish line, I still want to see more progress for myself.
If you missed out on your November words, or you just want to keep riding the glorious NaNo train (but at a slower holiday pace), you are welcome to join me. I’m all fired up about it…how about you?
Now, who will be joining me for word sprints during NaNoSlackMo?? We can track progress and engage in shenanigans at #NaNoSlackMo on social media. Jokes, cat videos and pictures of crazy undergarments are always welcome.
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About Jenny Hansen
By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.