Wednesday, October 17, 2012
RTW: Ticking Clocks
Road Trip Wednesday is a weekly blog carnival hosted by YA Highway. This week's topic is: Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
Oh, NaNoWriMo. I really thought this might be the year I could try you out! Alas, I'm already in the midst of a first draft. But even if I'm not participating, I still find NaNo November an inspiring and energizing time to write. 50,000 words is not an achievable word-count goal for me right now, but I'm setting my own: 25,000 in November. If all those other busy people can commit to 1,667 words a day, I can try for 833.
As for the second part of prompt, I love deadlines. (The self-imposed variety; I've yet to work on a contractual deadline for fiction. I have a feeling that would be a pretty different experience.) My deadlines are sometimes my writing lifeline, when I'm in the middle of a draft and I suddenly decide that my inspiration has dried up, I'm frustrated, and I feel like the story's stuck. Wanting to meet a self-imposed deadline is often enough to get me through a writing rough patch and back into a good place. I think it's important, though, to keep deadlines realistic. I'm trying to view my writing goals as intentions, and I feel the same way about deadlines. They inspire me to work hard, but sometimes they can't (or shouldn't) be met. When flexibility is feasible, embrace it!
Speaking of YA Highway and NaNo, check out their new inspiration venture for November: The Carpool Lane!