Saturday, November 1, 2008

Keep Me Accountable

Out of the 6 of us, I am probably the slowest and most procrastinating FAITH girl.
(This photo is courtesy of the Play-skool Turtle I found at Baby Universe.)

I mean sure, it was nice of me to give up my Friday so Jenn could post about her exciting news. I wouldn't have had it any other way. But the truth is, in my deepest rooted procrastinating ways, I was glad to put off a post another day. I love being a part of this blog and I'm constantly inspired by my fellow FAITH ladies. Yet I can't get away from the fact if I can put anything off for a minute, an hour, a day, I'm one happy camper.

Why I chose being a writer as "What I want to be when I grow up" I can't tell you.
Maybe the choice wasn't mine and it was simply a God-given gift. For that, I am grateful. However, I am a procrastinator, so that means writing my book often takes a back seat to the one million other things I should be doing instead.

Well, now I've gone and done something crazy.

I've signed up for NANOWRIMO.

That's right.

It stands for National Novel Writing Month. You sign up. You log your amount of words daily and the gist is, you write every day. At the end of the month, your goal is to have completed 50,000 words.

So help me out here. What are some things you've done to achieve a goal like this?
I'd love to read your advice.

I'll post every Friday in November about my progress - no matter how bad it may be.

Check back with me and help keep me accountable. And help me keep going!


  1. Christy,
    I love how you got your post in 1 minute before midnight!!

    I'm thinking about signing up for the nanaowrimo too....

  2. I've never participated in nanowrimo, but I've been tempted to. You guys are brave to do this with a full-time job. I'm working on rewriting a book--that means writing new scenes from scratch and revising others to fit. So I don't think it would fit in with nanowrimo. I hope the best for you!

  3. Christy, you CAN DO this!!!!!! Don't say you'll post your progress on Fridays no matter how bad it is! YOu tell you us you're going to do it!! Think positively!!

    Okay, enough exclamation points. :)

    I think the main thing for you to do will be to sit down and write even if it's just one sentence. Make yourself pull up the document and get started. I bet the rest will take care of itself.

    Oh, and you may have to let a few things go for a while to do this. You have our permission not to dust or iron. And you can order pizza for dinner on occasion. LOL

    I can't wait to hear how great you're doing next Friday!


  4. I did Nanowrimo in 2005. I only got 30,000 of the 50,000 needed to "win" but I got 30,000 and it helped me finish a book.

    This year I signed up too. So far I'm only at 5677 words. I was extremely frustrated that I got NO writing done yesterday. Today is a new day.

    The things that help me are to schedule in time to write and to say NO to the things someone else can do. I make very simple meals or assign them out.

    This year I have to travel a lot. So I'm taking my laptop in the truck with me and bringing a car charger, headache meds, and motion sickness meds. I will not fail to finish Insanity Rules.

    So the thing I feel is most important is determination. I am determined to succeed even if I'm exhausted when I'm done. I determined the goal. I will see it through to completion.