Friday, November 19, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Day Eighteen: Gearing up for a big weekend

I've blocked off this coming weekend to free up as much time as possible for writing.  I'm ready for a full-on sprint to get thousands of words done.  This is an officially recommended technique for week 3, since often people are a little behind on their word counts and don't want to go into the last week with insurmountable deficits.

According to No Plot, No Problem!, a book written by Chris Baty, the inventor of NaNoWriMo, the suggested technique is to get up in the morning.  Set the timer and write for 30 minutes, take a 10 minute break, set the timer and write for 30 minutes, take a 10 minute break, and set the timer for another 30 minutes.  Then at midday, repeat that sequence.  Do the same in the evening.  With any luck, you'll have a 6,000 word day in your rear view mirror.

Now, I can totally see myself doing all that and not having 6,000 words, but I am absolutely certain that I would have more words than normal.

So I'm going to start the technique tomorrow and keep my fingers crossed!  Of course I will let you know how it goes.

Oh, and before I go, I found a Today Show interview that aired today featuring Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini talking about Laura's new book about Louie's life,  Unbroken, that I mentioned a couple of days ago.  I thought the interview was quite interesting, particularly the part where he said he sent her his Purple Heart because he thought she deserved it more than he did.  Wow.  (You may get to watch a short ad before the clip plays, lucky you.)

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