Thanksgiving is over and so is my major work commitment that kept me from participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m looking forward to the next five weeks when I can better balance work and writing.
The month wasn’t a total bust because I did get a few scenes written, mostly this weekend while I was on the road to visit family. This coming five weeks, though, is the make-or-break period for one of my 2012 goals — to finish one of my WIPs. I have two contenders and need to focus on one of them to make this goal.
To that end, I just bought Rachel Aaron‘s awesome writing book, 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. I’ve heard Rachel interviewed on several podcasts and was inspired by her approach to figuring out she could write faster. She developed a three-prong approach centered on knowledge, time and enthusiasm. Knowledge is knowing what you’re going to write before you start. I’m more of a plotter than a pantser, though I’m not fully in either category. Time is tracking your productivity to see when you write best and under what conditions. And enthusiasm is keeping yourself excited about what you’re writing. I’ve read the blog posts, but the author has added to that in the e-book and it is worth far more than the 99-cent price.
This week, I’m working on the project formerly known as the novella and I’m going to finish the outline, so I will know what scenes need to be written. I have a pretty good scene list, but it’s lacking the last 20 percent. Taking Rachel’s advice, I’m writing the end first and will then figure out how to get there from where I am.
And where I am right now is in front of my computer with a couple hours before I need to go to bed. So I’m going to get started… now.