Two weeks from today is New Year’s. As I write this, I have no Christmas decorations up, final exams to grade, and presents to buy. But all of that is taking a back seat to my plan for the new year. I’m doing JanNoWriStart.
What is JanNoWriStart? Glad you asked.
JanNoWriStart is for those of us who punted on NaNoWriMo in November, and want another shot at a first draft. But I propose some rule changes. Rather than trying to get 50,000 words by the end of the month, I suggest setting a word count goal for each day. JanNoWriMo is about meeting that daily goal. “They” say that a habit is formed in 21 days. So this gives us 10 extra days to make sure it sticks.
And the word count should be doable. My goal is going to be 500-750 words a day. More on weekends–I want a 5K/week word total. But during the week, getting 500 words a day is a struggle. And that is 500 words on my WIP, not on my blogs.
My other goal for JanNoWriStart is just to keep writing. Push through, get the words on the page. No editing. As Anne Lamont says in Bird by Bird, get the shi**y first draft done. Now, as a dedicated plotter, that gives me two more weeks to get the scene cards set up in Scrivener. I did a lot of that prep for NaNo, so I will also use the time to reimmerse myself in the story.
2 weeks from today. JanNoWriStart. Who’s in?