Prepping for NaNoWrimo in my Home Office

Writing / Thursday, October 6th, 2016

I wasn’t sure what I was going to post about this week, but I think I’m so excited about this that it’s really the only thing I can post.

I have a home office. Look!

Since I started writing more, and decided to write my memoir, I’ve been wanting a desk space of my own. Currently, the desktop computer is set up on a desk in our living room, and I’ve been working on the dining room table with the laptop. We talked about where we could put a desk for me and came up with doubling the walk-in closet as my home office.

What a thrilling decision. I adore working with natural light and we have a huge window that looks out onto the street from the closet – perfect! My lovely fiancé found a desk perfectly sized for the space so that we can still use the closet for its purpose, but so that I can also feel comfortable and not crammed when I’m working in there. I have decorated it with a few things: an IKEA lamp, the Sailor Mercury Funko my sister gifted me, and a Frozen desk topper.

I have always dreamed of having a working space of my own, decorated the way I like, and a place to finally write the book I’ve always dreamed of. I really never thought that dream would come true. But here I am, sitting in my home office writing to you about it!

Writing my book during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

I have committed to the task of getting the first draft of my memoir done by the end of November. I will be taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge.

In simple terms, this initiative challenges writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days. They say to break it up into 1667 words written per day to be able to hit the goal by the end of the month. For more information and to join the challenge yourself, check out their website.

You can view my progress (and even become my writing buddy) over on my NaNoWriMo profile.

 Prepping for NaNoWriMo

 As part of getting myself to write this book, I’m taking part of a 31 day writing challenge with fellow Ninja Writers through What is a Plot.

We were asked to commit to two things every single day for the month of October:

1. Write at least 10 minutes a day, more if you’d like, for your NaNoWriMo project

I’m finding this to be incredibly useful in helping me to plan my memoir. A few days, my 10 minutes were spent making a list of the feelings and stories that I think are the most relevant to my story. It’s a bit overwhelming in that I fear I’m trying to do too much, but these lists have really helped me get a better sense of what themes and topics fit well together and in which stories they fit.

2. Read with intent at least 10 minutes a day

This task is much more difficult. We are instructed to read with the intention of taking information for our writer selves. What works, what doesn’t? What quotes stick out and why? We’re encouraged to take notes and really go deep into why we think something works and how we might use similar techniques, or why it doesn’t work and how we’ll avoid doing the same. The reading part isn’t so hard, but it’s getting into the WHYs that I’m struggling with.

Will I be able to keep this up?

There are a bunch of other tasks, building up each day to help reach the goal of daily intensive writing in preparation for November. Every day brings a new task, like tracking your progress on a calendar (which I do anyway!). If nothing else, I think putting at least 10 minutes towards my NaNoWriMo project is doable. Yesterday I started writing a very important story, by hand in a notebook, and it felt really good to get myself into a place in my memory I haven’t visited in months.

Do you have a daily routine that helps you get into the
groove of writing as you head into working on a big project? I’d love to hear
about it!

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