NaNo Commandments

NaNoWriMo started on Sunday and I have diligently been typing away at the computer each day. Along the way I have accumulated a few commandments.

  1. I will Not get distracted by social media. I will turn off all notifications and unplug the WiFi if necessary.
  2. I will Not binge watch the previous season of Arrow, no matter how frustrated I am with my characters.
  3. I will Not edit as I write. That red squiggly line can stay there until December 1.
  4. I will hydrate. I’m thinking water but you drink whatever magic elixir you possess that allows you to write.
  5. I will Not make excuses.
  6. I will take pen and paper if I must leave the house during designated writing hours.
  7. I will hide my phone until I have accomplished an acceptable word count.
  8. If writer’s block strikes I will not whine like a baby. I will change my activity.  Take the cat for a walk or dance along with Michael Jackson in the Thriller video until inspiration hits.
  9. I will Not eat all of the children’s Halloween candy… just most of it.
  10. I will eat something green everyday. It keeps the writer regular and nice.

Now, on with my Row80 goals.

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- This won’t happen until after NaNo.
2. Send out queries for Dead in the Water-
Not yet. Procrastination!
3. Plan one new short story-  Technically, it became a novel not a short story but I’m still counting it.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Dragging my feet, I could work on this after lunch.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done

6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words- I’m making progress and showing up each morning.

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.   I’m on track I’ve read 5 .
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Check
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night groupUtter failure!
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroomDoors are now attached.

Now you are all up to date.

How are you doing with your goals and/or NaNoWriMo?


8 thoughts on “NaNo Commandments

  1. I like your NaNo commandments. I will have to keep them in mind for next year. It makes me so sad that I can’t participate this year, but there is always next time, right? Best of luck with your goals.


  2. I like your NaNo Commandments. Yep, I just went over them again and I like every single one. I love that you sometimes dance to help inspiration, it is something I do often. Here is to both of us reaching our NaNo and Row80 goals!


  3. Thanks for that reminder to take pen and paper when I leave the house! Yep, NaNo creates its own reality (and commandments). Yours made me smile — and congrats on chunking right along on all your goals. May the goddess of NaNo bring you many, many good words!


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