NaNoWriMo: Fueled by Tea

I have verified it: I can write at 2k words per hour. And the result is actually first draft material that can be revised a few times into a good final draft, I think.

So given a weekend and assuming I can write for five hours, I’ll have 10k words done. That means I am entirely capable of completing an 80k novel this month on the just weekend days of a month—given a few important factors:

  • I start out with an outline at least 10 chapters in. Even if I don’t follow it.
  • I’ve worked out the characters in advance.
  • One character is a loose canon (or as Jung would put it, a shapeshifter) because things just start happening and before I know it I’m typing away and enjoying
    myself immensely.
  • Every scene I sketch out beforehand. This can be done ahead of time, but works even if I do it just before doing the real writing. Often it won’t be followed, but that doesn’t seem to matter.
  • Scrivener. Especially the dynamically updating word count for draft and current session. I use 2k sprints these days.
  • Dance music that roughly fits various situations in the book. It’s jivey and has energy, plus I usually set my player to repeat a single track so that you get the energy, but it sinks into something akin to background music.
  • Dance Dance Revolution. In my case, the one for the Wii. A little exercise seems to do quite a lot.
  • Friends to compete with.

I don’t think I could have reached this point without The Great Tea Debacle. Thanks, guys. And all that tea is mine.

We still got a long ways to go, of course. Time to roll up the sleeves and put up Dashing Action Holmes.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Fueled by Tea

  1. Oh, you’ll finish, I have every confidence. And I won’t be surprised if you’re drinking a lot of tea come December either. :D

  2. Thanks! I was hoping to finish both books (80k), but that’s going to be super-hard. I’d have to write 5500 words per night, and there are five nights where I won’t be able to do that. o.OStill, I’ll finish one and get a very nice start on the other. I can finish the other while drinking lots of tea! :D

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