November is approaching. For me, November means the new routines of the fall are finally sinking in. It also means longer days and colder nights. And legions of writers pushing themselves to write a novel in a month (NaNoWriMo).
I'm not a NaNo-er myself (see Why I'm Not NaNoWriMo-ing), but I have the utmost admiration for those who are, especially those who are attempting it for the first time. I find those writers' enthusiasm and drive truly inspirational. I must--I searched through my archives for this post, and discovered I've blogged about NaNo (setting goals, sharing links, resolving to slow down, etc) every November since the blog started.
This November I find myself wondering if I can use NaNo to push myself just a little bit harder.
Have you you seen this amazing post from author Rachel Aaron about writing 10,000 words a day? It's been around for a while, but it's worth a read. Aaron breaks writing speed into three categories: Knowledge, Time, and Enthusiasm. And while I can't ever imagine writing 5K in a day, let alone 10, her methods are totally approachable and helpful.
Earlier this month, agent Rachelle Gardner blogged about increasing productivity, and then this past week offered a free opportunity to try Rescue Time to increase your productivity.
Unfortunately, at least for this November, I'm not looking to increase my word count. And while Rescue Time sounds incredibly useful, I'm not sure it would work for me. But I would like to harness this NaNo spirit. My goal for November is to finish my first revision of Project Fun. Strangely, my goal last November was to finish a first draft of Project Fun! A lot of other stuff happened in between, but I'm glad to be back to it--and to have the chance to pull it all together this time.
Do you have a goal for November? And have you ever found a way to consistently increase your output / efficiency?