NANO-Lite, Just a Thousand Calories (…Words) a Day!
I have a love-hate relationship with the month of January. It has become personal that we make a lot of empty promises to each other. I promise to love and cherish my body by eating right and going to the gym. January promises me new beginnings and the chance to fit into smaller clothes. The first week is all about the honeymoon stage when I believe we can conquer the world. But by the last day of the month, I’m seeking a divorce and taking the dog.
Every year I kept expecting one of us to change our ways. This year, I have come up with a new plan.
This time I have wrangled in a semi-impartial Third Party, in the form of fellow writer, Jessa Slade, who has accepted the daunting challenge of being my co-pilot for a Writing New Year’s Resolution. Since there are 31 days in January, our mutual goal is to write a thousand words a day. It seams so simple. It seams so realistic. It seems like I’m attempting a lighter version of NANO, two months late.
I never understood why NANO was in November. When people are already stressed out about the holidays, who has time to write 50,000 words? I apparently have a cap on drama and November is earmarked for only my family so at the end of the day, I have nothing left for my written pages. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to sending my characters on mythological adventures to learn the meaning in their lives and accidentally fall in love on the way.
What will happen if we accomplish our goals? I can’t speak for Jessa but I will be 1/3 done with a first draft novel that I have attempted to write 3 previous times. I’m hoping 2014 will mean that the fourth time is the charm. My previous attempts have resulted in incomplete stories, lackluster endings and backing myself into a corner where my story looks like a batch of necklaces tangled up together. My characters deserve better from me.
What will happen if I fail to reach my goal? Did you notice how I went from “we” to “I”? That’s because I’m doing a New Year’s resolution with someone who sticks to her commitments. I’m the weakest link of this duo. Thus, if I have any word count less than 31,000 by midnight on Jan 31st, I’m buying Jessa her favorite drink from the hotel bar at the 2014 Emerald City Conference, a popular writing conference where friendships and business contacts are made from the cushy stools of the hotel bar. I want to be there with her but if I fail, I will buy her a victory drink!
So here is my plan in a countdown nutshell. If you have any suggestions, your comments would be most appreciated.
5 Weekly Goal Reports due to Jessa Every Friday
4 Main Characters to put thru Emotional Roller Coasters
3 Times to gather in person at Local Coffee Shops to write side-by-side.
2 Writing Buddies to hold each other accountable
1 Month to Write 31,000 Words
Ready, Set, Go!