I’ve written about this topic a few times, it’s a popular one amongst writers. But NaNoWriMo is great for one thing. It allows a writer to establish a daily writing habit.
1667 words a day is a lot and if you fall behind, it can seem overwhelming to try and catch up. And Friday you can start to win at NaNoWrioMo. And people are ready to go.
I’m sitting her smiling and nodding as I creep over 30K words. I don’t plan to see 50K until the very end.
But to each their own.
I do try and write around 1000 a day of one project or another. Sometimes, short stories are a good example, I write a little less.
Steven King, if I remember right (James has my copy of On Writing so I can’t look it up), writes for a set amount of time every day. I think he’s a morning writer.
I laugh at morning writers.
James laughs at morning writers.
Once again, to each their own.
My favorite time to write is the afternoon to early evening, though it isn’t entirely unusual to find me writing late at night. Usually, you won’t catch me writing a whole lot after midnight, because, like Cinderella, the clock strikes midnight and the magic is gone.
But I do see the value of writing every day.
I see the value of writing every day especially when you have several projects that need your attention.
Somewhere along the way, I got into the habit of working on several projects at once. There are weeks where I say, “this week I’m working on this this day, that another day, and so on and so forth.”
To me, that helps me to keep myself interested. Different stories, different characters, different chances to get to tell all these different stories.
Some people will argue that that means I can’t focus on any one particular project. But to me, too much focus on one single project is a sure fire way to give myself a nasty case of writer’s block.
And then I don’t write any day.
Which it isn’t the end of the world. You need a break now and then to allow yourself to relax and refresh (not according to Steven King, who says that you should write every day, including your birthday and Christmas).
So until I make it to the bestsellers list, you might just want to listen to him instead.