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NaNoWriMo – But Not Only | November 2011, Day 2

On Pacing | What You Can Do To Pace Yourself And Find Your Life – And Writing – Rhythm

Definition of “pacing

(see The Free Dictionaty)

v. paced, pac·ing, pac·es
v.tr.

  1. To walk or stride back and forth across: paced the floor nervously.
  2. To measure by counting the number of steps needed to cover a distance.
  3. To set or regulate the rate of speed for.
  4. To advance or develop (something) at a particular rate or tempo: a thriller that was paced at a breathtaking speed.
  5. To train (a horse) in a particular gait, especially the pace.

v.intr.

  1. To walk with long deliberate steps.
  2. To go at the pace. Used of a horse or rider.
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To pace

  1. In fact, walking or striding back and forth across the floor releases nervous energy, brings stress relief and helps with sorting one’s mind out. You can accelerate this process by focussing in on walking and deliberately slowing down your steps the more you relax. Allow 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Writing: your daily and total word count towards The End of your first draft. — Life: what you have achieved. What, you are depressed because you haven’t saved the world today? In that case, allow youself to scrap your ancient definition of achievement. You may be surprised to find out how “saving the world” really works: One small bit, one second at a time… How many times, today, have you smiled at yourself – at someone you knew – at a stranger? have you sent a feeling of peace and kindeness towards those around you or into the ether? have you looked out for the beauty of a leaf, a pebble, a cloud, the person in front of you, your nasty colleague or neighbour, yourself? have you enjoyed what you were doing?
  3. Regulate the speed of your life (which may or may not include writing) according to your energies – don’t skimp, don’t waste, use your energies consciously  (for a new perspective you might like to read”#NaNoWriMo 2011 (#disability #spoonie #mentalhealth) – #amwriting” – and the true story hiding behind the Spoonie link there).
  4. During (but not limited to) the first draft, ignore your author’s ego. Go with the flow of your writing instead, open up for inspiration. Description, dialogue, sentence length and construction, expressions which slow down or speed up the heart rate of your reader – forget about them, at this stage. Tweaking pacing is one of the most fun parts of revision (!) — For non-authors: Right now, which project or life area is in first-draft mode? How is your egoic, imperfect but perfectionist Me-Self interfering with realising your dreams?
  5. 2. and 3. make great habits 😉

To pace oneself

  1. By taking life in long, deliberate and confident strides.
  2. By doing it – act upon your dreams 🙂

Special NaNoWriMo pacing tips:

Last year I knew before I even signed up that during the last week of November I might not have any writing time. To me, NaNoWriMo lasted only 25 days, so I calculated 50k : 25 days = 2,000 words per day. As it turned out, I had more time than I thought – and Newbie-Me desperately needed it, for

  • converting my handwritten manuscript into bits and bytes using a Lore Ipsum text generator)
  • validating my novel by entering the whole text into the NaNoWriMo validator (Should you think that this is one simple copy-paste operation, think again. There’s a reason why you’ve got 5 days to do so: site capacity overload, and the validator prefers small servings.
  • writing two more paragraphs, and another one, to get to the 50k – the NaNoWriMo validator is known for it’s greediness = lower wordcount than what you think you’ve got. I suppose aiming at a total of 51k or 52k will do.

More pacing tips in bullet format (more details in later posts):

  • types of breaks – and how to integrate them
  • time & sanity savers
  • why and how to limit your time
  • using opportunities – living and writing in the Flow
  • getting the best out of distractions

My word count Day 1: 868 (618 blog post + 1 page – I write by hand and will correct the estimated page word count once I’ve counted them)

Enjoy the Flow – and may you find what you are looking for 🙂

Maria

Btw: You can still join the Writing Buddies 🙂 – and it’s not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2011, either 😉

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NaNoWriMo – But Not Only | November 2011, Day 1

Invoking The Spirit Of NaNoWriMo

Taking part in the (inter)National Novel Writing Month is an experience, to say the least 😉

  • You can do so by signing up and participating officially – or run along wearing an old pair of slippers or an invisibility cloak.
  • You may have worked up to 1st November plotting and planning or researching for your novel – or spent not more than a few days brainstorming ideas and sketching a rough outline.
  • Perhaps you are excited by the idea of doing a literary bungee jump on a 50,000 words long rope, with no preparation at all – or you just stumbled upon this page, have never heard of NaNoWriMo, and are curious what made 200,000 people sign up in 2010 (as I’m writing this, 2 hours before “GO!”, there are about 65,000 users online on the NaNoWriMo site).

Or maybe you’re not interested in writing at all? You can still benefit from this creative spirit which will hover during November all over the globe like a sparkling cloud 🙂 :

The Spirit: Writing – or Living – in the Flow

Living in the Flow is a balancing act, and a challenge to boot. Living in the Flow means to let go of perfectionism, to expand your horizon, to weave your own safety net, to cross the void on a tight-rope without knowing what you will find on the other side.

Scary? Yes.

But so are a life full of pressure, fear and worries caused by our urge to control, the illusions of safety we so easily get used to, the meaninglessness and resignation resulting from holding on to what we believe we know and from blocking off whatever might threaten our comfort zone.

“Don’t get it right, just get it written.” James G. Thurber

November has 30 days – it takes 21 consecutive days to establish a new habit 😉

This November,

  • dare to be imperfect – and to learn from the mistakes you make
  • embrace obstacles and other problems as opportunities to move on despite…whatever excuses you are used to
  • question your habitual thoughts and behaviours
  • as often as you remember to, think and act like the person you want to be – repetition brings confidence
  • overwrite the obsolete habits of your previous self with new ones: thoughts, actions and reactions adequate for who you are now
  • get used to living in the Flow

Enjoy the Flow – and may you find what you are looking for 🙂

Maria

Btw: You can still join the Writing Buddies 🙂

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