We’re officially heading into the final week of National Novel Writing Month 2022. That’s the final seven days, people! The chance for one last push to get over the 50k finish line or complete whatever other writing goals you’ve set up for yourself this month.
As the month comes to a close, I’ve been asking myself if I’ve acheived my ultimate aim. If you don’t know already, my ultimate aim wasn’t to write 50,000 words or to complete a novel – it was to have a productive month.
What Makes Writing Productive?
I have a question for my fellow writers (or anyone, really) – how do you determine productivity?
If not if the number of words written, i.e 50k, then what? The number of pages? The number of chapters? The number of completed chapters in chronological order?
Personally that last one is what gets me really feeling good. It’s nice to be able to go to chapter one and read all the way through to the chapter I’m currently working on. Problem is, my brain doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes I need to jump ahead. This leaves me writing scenes in the middle of my story, the end, back to the middle, and then coming back to complete the opening. The lack of organisation can make it very difficult to feel like I’m being productive. A strong part of me just wants to skip all that hopping around and just write the damn thing in order already. Except I can’t do that. I can’t finish my set ups until I know when and where they pay off.
Until that point, everything feels so… unproductive. It feels scattered. Broken. And I can’t exactly hand it out to someone to read for feedback because I wouldn’t be giving them anything readable.
Speaking of productivity, here’s 6 tips for productive writing you might like.
Uping the Productivity Before The Month Ends
I’ve mentioned in previous updates that I’ve struggled with motivation and balancing distractions this month. These past few days have been the worst of it. In an effort to get myself out of this rut, I decided to shake things up a bit. As writers, its our job to love and nuture our stories. If there’s something we don’t love about our stories, it needs fixing. By mid-November, a lot of us have fallen out of love with our projects and the same goes with me. So what did I do? I set my main targets aside.
When I started my prompt list, I left the last couple of days prompt-less to give myself time to finish up prompts that I hadn’t finished or to add prompts I’d come up as I wrote. Some prompts I decided to ignore completely because I wasn’t feeling motivated to write them and I didn’t want to stall my progress. This past week I’ve decided to leave my remaining prompts for last minute writing sprints I will do doubt be doing come the end of this month, instead using my time to write a framing device for my short story collection. This has really helped me visualise what this project will look like when its finished i.e: a series of stories within a story. Ergo, I feel much better about the work I’ve done overall.
Total word count: 37, 323
As you can see, I’m a little behind the official NaNoWriMo goal which is approximately 38, 400 words, but I’m fine with that. So long as I keep pushing forward, I might even meet that target by the end of today.
Thanks for reading. Hope you see you here again for the final day of NaNoWriMo.