NaNoWriMo Productivity

NaNoWriMo Productivity

It’s only a few days until NaNoWriMo starts again so I thought I might give you a little bit of encouragement in your attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. What most people don’t understand is that writing the 1667 words you’ll need to write every day is not as difficult as it seems. As a matter of fact it’s as easy as writing a blog post every day.
If you’re in the habit of blogging on a regular basis, and some of you are, then you already have the discipline to write at the “blistering pace” needed to reach the goal. Many other authors, all of far more successful than I am (or probably never will be), will tell you that 50,000 words in a single month is standard for a full-time writer who makes his living from the printed word.
For the purposes of this exercise, and to help you understand that it is very much within your ability to “win” NaNoWriMo, we’re going to take the very blog post you’re reading. Continue reading

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Goals Not Resolutions

So its New Year’s Day, give or take, and time for everyone to tell you to get those resolutions going.  You need to make something bold for ’14 don’t you?

Um…No, you don’t.  Resolutions, in many cases, are just people’s ways of saying they’ll do something they don’t want to.  It makes them feel better that they’ve made the first step in some change, and they get to tell everyone that they’re doing something really special with their lives now.

So, yeah, you go and be all special and see me in eight weeks and tell me how THAT’S working for you.

I hope you do it. I really do.  Me?  Screw that resolution crap and give me something to shoot for that I WANT to do. That’s a goal, a concrete something that I can get my teeth into.  If you want to do it, then I don’t think it’s a resolution, I think it’s a goal.  In my tiny little, fevered mind, there is a vast difference.

So, you may well ask “Gee, what’s your goal this year?”

*assumes you asked*

Well, thanks for asking!  I’m going to set a completely achievable, no-nonsense, and real world goal for myself this year. Make no mistake, this is something I not only want to do, but also need to do.

I AM GOING TO WRITE AND PUBLISH AT LEAST FOUR NOVELS THIS YEAR.

All caps and bold and shit. You can tell I mean it.

And I do.

I got all this NaNoWriMo stuff written that was not really cohesive and worked it into the premise of a story that might just take a few million words to tell.

Yeah…

I’ve got the plot and research all done (I found out I am a plotter – big-time) and spent all my NaNoWriMo time doing research and writing scenes for this endeavor.

I’ll be able to do it because I discovered earlier today that I am able to type things from my mind to the keyboard much faster than I could ever write things from reading them, like those traditional tests to measure typing speed.

I can crank out about 30 words per minute from the reading of text, but I find out that when I type things from my mind, it comes out SO MUCH FASTER!  Like this blog post right now.  I have given myself fifteen minutes to write as much as I can about this particular topic so I can not only get a blog post up, but so I can also re-verify the discovery.

Now I have only done the whole type-from-the-mind thing two or three times (I think this post is the third) but if I can get myself into a situation where I can type the scenes of my WiP just as quickly, I might be able to hit 500,000 words this year with only a single hour a day devoted to the ass-in-chair.

Of course, the work will need to be line-edited and content edited, but it’s the “sitting down typing part” with which most people have the greatest difficulty. I’m hoping I can get the two thousand word hours (2K1H?) into about 300 days this coming year, once I get into the habit.  That’s plenty of time to get the thoughts on paper, get them edited and make the necessary postings to Amazon, SmashWords and the other places you can buy them.

So fear not! I won’t bore you with the excruciating details of my day-to-day struggle to get my 2,000 words.  I’ll just put up a chart every day, or every other day, that will show you the progress I’m Making.

So that’s my fifteen minutes.

Be safe and be well.

(BTW, This post was written at almost 41 WPM, the other test I did was a little over 50 WPM.  I guess this averages out to be about 45 WPM. That’s about 2700 Words Per Hour, but I don’t know if I can keep that pace for an hour. So 2000 WPH or 33 WPM seems quite doable. And this aside does not count in the word total of the post. So, yeah, you can do this, too.)