Before I go any farther, I want you to take a deep breath. Let any stress from writing or everyday life just melt away. Picture yourself at that vacation spot you’ve been meaning to visit but have yet to do so. Are you relaxed? Calm? Feeling in the mood to do Bunny hop? Okay. In 72 days, the literary floodgates open. That’s right. The insanity we know as NaNoWriMo opens its doors for new and old members in a little over two months. Yet it feels like NaNoWriMo 2009 just ended yesterday.
Past couple of years, I’ve had a routine. I buy a new spiral notebook. Write 50,000+ words by hand and then, transfer my work to computer everyday to verify the word count. I’ve crossed the finish line every year I’ve participated. So, it’s a routine that works for me. Been thinking about changing things up this year.
Do away with killing any trees and forgo hand cramps. Work via computer only. Taking this step will toss me completely out of my comfort zone, but I’m curious to see how productive I will be. Another change will be what I write. I usually take the rebel stance and write various short stories. I’m considering trying a novel. I’ve never really written a novel before. Always been a short story kind of girl. Again, stayed in my comfort zone. I feel like challenging myself this year.
I’m willing to venture out in to something new and have a challenge for you. If you’re a Nano veteran, change one thing about your usual routine. Doesn’t have to be something huge but significant. Something that will push your boundaries. Do you think this alteration will effect your Nano outcome?