This past few weeks have been kind of tough for me as I started a new job which was mostly night shifts. I never thought I would have to come back home at such ungodly hours like 5 am. But I’m recovering, and I only have one more day to go, so that’s a score.
Today you will finally be let on about my plans for November. If any of you recall last year, you’ll remember me dying halfway through the month. (Not to mention the emotional breakdown I had. That was kind of ugly.) It’s because I was a senior last year grinding my soul to get into Ivy Leagues. (News Flash: I didn’t get in!) That time was pretty heart-breaking for me, really, that I want to jump back in time and give my 17-yr-old self a hug.
What I mean is this: If you’re a senior, stay away from the insane writing challenge that happens in November like the plague. You should take care of yourself first.
Now that I’d gotten the ugly portion of the introduction out of the way, let’s dive into my Not Wri-Mo thing.
As some of you may already know, NaNoWriMo–the organization–has been promoting liberal ideas. It’s easiest to see that on their Instagram (i. e. Variations of their logo as LGBTQ2+ flags, etc.) and if you receive updates, some of the things they say or encourage is frankly a little overboard. At least to me.
Now, I’m not saying that they shouldn’t promote these things. They have their freedom of speech, and anyone who doesn’t agree does not have to support them. But as a Christian, I’ve come to the conclusion that I should probably find an alternative path to November’s Writing month. Because, you know, I love NaNoWriMo! I don’t not want to do it! I prayed a lot about this the past three months, and I realised I could still do NaNoWriMo…But on a different platform.
This year, I’m self-hosting Meno-WriMo on WriteTrack. Meno is “Remain” in Greek, and I pulled up John 15:16 as the central verse to go with the challenge. It is a bit lonely as I’m doing this by myself, but if anyone is on WriteTrack, you can find me there as S. J. Barnard.
Okay. Now that it’s out of the way, here’s my 5 Last-minute Preptober Checklist. Because, as you all know, I have a tendency to push things to the last minute. Super healthy exercise for Planners.
1: Decide on a book to write
Easy, right? Except I’m in the middle of Elijacomb 17 right now, and I also kind of want to revenge-finish Elektriem from last year…
2: Make a playlist
This one I’ve already finished. I’ve started making Character Playlist advised by Brooke, and frankly, we’ve written all about it on the collab last week. Playlist rulz!
3: Stock up on tea, coffee, and cocoa
I cannot stress this point enough. I did a mini-study when I was in my science research-ship, and having warm beverages beside you do kind of help when trying to bang out an insane amount of wordcounts. Trust me.
4: Find a Journal
This, I believe, I talked about a few posts ago. WIP journaling is a good idea to do, and I plan to use mine sort of like a half-BuJo, half-idea notebooking thing. I did this for Woodstone Abbey (which was my Camp NaNo project this year) and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. This way, you won’t forget that MC’s best friend’s name.
5: Have fun!
I know, I sound like a broken record. But seriously, have fun with it! If you don’t enjoy writing (or at least can’t even pretend to enjoy it), what’s the point? Of course, you might be like, “This is the one thing to kick start my dormant writing life!” I totally understand that. Yet at the same time, writing is something we do because it sparks joy. I personally come alive when I write. So do please have fun with it. Or try to pretend.
+1: Enlist a crying buddy
I almost forgot. You will probably suffer…And I know, this comes after my ”have fun” speech. It sounds paradoxical, but trust me. You will have some days when you just want to give up because you deleted everything you’ve written the past hour. That’s where your crying buddy comes to pick up your bones and helps you stand up again. (For me, it will be my sister. Thanks for volunteering!)
And that’s it for today. Wow, I feel like I stuffed a lot of details into this post! Thanks for bearing with me 🙂
Are you going to write 50K this November? Do you have a “crying buddy” to pick up your bones during and after November? Let me know in the comments below: I’d love to hear your thoughts!