This week we’re talking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which just ended Monday night. I love NaNo. I was all ready for it. I signed up, I “friended” other authors I knew so I could cheer them on to victory, I had the story I was going to work on ready to go but then I couldn’t do it.
At about day 4 of NaNo my computer ran into some glitches. It started shutting down on me and popping up with a message that there was an error. It is very difficult to write when you never know if the computer is going to suddenly turn off on you. The computer is still not fixed, I pan to purchase a new one after the holidays. But I am writing by hand so at least I’m still writing.
Word count goals, I don’t set them. It puts expectations on creativity. When I don’t meat the goal I get down and start questioning what I’m doing. I tossed the goals. Now I write with only the goal to get the story down. Some days I get very little words down but others…well..I’ve written 10,000 in a day before just because the story was flowing and I didn’t want to stop. It was actually in a two day period since I did not turn off the computer that night until a little after 6 in the morning.
Are you a goal person or a by the moment kind of person?