Heading for a slow start on NaNoWriMo

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, October 31, 2007 At 12:21 PM

So far, it looks like I'll be getting a slow start on NaNoWriMo this year. I had intended to take Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week to start outlining my book, but with fielding a couple of rush projects last week and then getting sick over the weekend, it just hasn't happened.

And yes, I wholeheartedly believe that having a good outline is the secret to being able to write quickly (and without major episodes of writer's block). When I do get around to starting my outline (hopefully tonight), I'll be using Cyn Mobley's suggestions from BAM: Book A Month, an ebook I reviewed on my Reading For Writers blog about a month ago.

Wish me luck!


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

Yeah, you're not the only one who will probably get a slow start, despite really wanting to charge the gate. After not feeling well for over a year (and basically being told it was all in my head--Screw them!), I've been pursuing medical testing in earnest. So most of tomorrow will be eaten up with a followup doctor visit...then who knows what's in store. I hope you're feeling better and that you get caught up soon. My basic outline has been done for months, but as you'll recall I'm bending the rules and writing creative nonfiction.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Screw them, indeed! And good for you for pursuing medical testing anyway. I hope you find out what is wrong, and that it's something easy to treat, so that you can get back to feeling better again.

I always find that doctor's appointments kill an entire day, no matter how I schedule them. It's just so hard to focus beforehand, or switch gear afterward. I hardly ever get much done on those kinds of days!

Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

Ooh, I got the BAM book too. But as I said, I'll most probably just write several short stories for NaNoWriMo this year. :(

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

I hear you, Mariella. I'm not giving up yet, but personally I won't be surprised if I don't "win" NaNoWriMo this year. I just accepted another assignment, to be finished over the next week or so...

This year I have more pressure on me to maintain my income, since I have horse bills to keep up on. It will definitely make NaNoWriMo more challenging.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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