I was supposed to be working on my revolution again today (and I have, a little) but I was feeling a bit restless and wanted to do something more visual. The result was a wall-chart for NaNo, which I’m posting in case anyone wants to use it. It’s designed to be printed in black and white and coloured in, but I suppose you could use the graphics program of your choice to print it in colour.
I love all the progress bars and stats on the NaNo website, but I also have a child-like fondness for physically writing on things, crossing things off, and stickers. I have my eye on some red, yellow, and green dotty ones to put over the date (designating ‘all targets met’ ‘one target [either daily goal or overall goal for the day] met’, or ‘targets not met’. It sounds harsh, but it does mean I can see at a glance that I’ve achieved my goals, or, if I’ve missed a few days, that that’s not the end of the world. I intend to win again this year, and it’s good to remember that a few stumbles and obstacles along the way don’t mean disaster.
In my first NaNo, I got about six days in and had fallen behind a few thousand words. I gave up that year. During Camp NaNo in July this year, I had to take a couple of days out for events such as my graduation ceremony and a family funeral, but I still wrote 68004 words during the course of the month.
In life as well as writing, a momentary setback doesn’t have to mean the end of your ambition. Remember that if you ever feel like you’re failing before you’ve finished. You can claw it back.
Right – I’m off to carry on planning my novel’s history. Talk to you tomorrow!