The NaNo Countdown

November the 1st is tomorrow, and my enthusiasm for the task ahead is… shall we say “changed”? I don’t really know what happened, but for the last couple of days I have been very warn out (lack of sleep) and I just haven’t been looking forward to it like I had before the weekend.

It may have something to do with the “Weekly Drinks” I attended last Thursday with other NaNo hopefuls. It was an interesting experience which I mostly enjoyed, but it had some downsides. When I arrived I was introduced to a few people (gee I’m terrible with names), and had about ten minutes of chatting before we had to move from a round table, to a longer thin table. This was complimented with a crazy extrovert who stole the conversation and essentially forced myself and two others into a 4-person conversation with him for the rest of the night. It just wasn’t as awesome as I had hoped it would be.

For the last few nights I have been trying to go to bed early to beat the previously-discussed “tired” issue, but it doesn’t seem to have been working. I have had 8 hours of sleep or more for the last two nights, and I’m still feeling like crap by midday. I guess this hasn’t really been helping with the optimism for the task ahead. I might try getting to bed even earlier tonight (maybe 9pm?) get in early to work and do a little writing before-hand.

The 2000 words a day push is going to be hard for me to hit during the week, with so much stuff I usually have on weeknights, and not being 100% sure of my plot. I am 95% sure I’m going to attend a bunch of write-ins over the month, and really push myself to do a lot of work on those days. If I can do 5 or 6 thousand words a write-in, that would probably get me half way to the finish in about 4 or 5 days throughout the month. the rest will have to be hit and miss during the week.

Patrice has been really pushing for me to do it. She wants really wants me to enjoy what I do for a living, and realises that what I’m doing professionally at the moment is not my ideal long-term occupation. I’m really glad she is, but I don’t know if writing is what I want to do long-term either. That, and I don’t know what sort of outcome I’m going to get from NaNo. There seems to be a lot of people saying that a “Draft 0” is all you get, then you have as much work again to get it to a readable, editable level. I know it’s all about word-count during November, but does that mean I am going to have to let quality slide? Can I even write quality in the first place?

What else have I been doing recently? Pokemon X and Y came out on the 3DS, and I have been playing through Y. It’s a great game, but quite frustrating at times. The japanese grind has always kinda got me down. I just want to progress but I’m stuck in a cave getting attacked by bats every 20 seconds, and I don’t even know if I have to be there. At least it’s a distraction from worrying about NaNo…