Week Three. Back into it!
This is where the word debt gets recovered, and the momentum comes back. Hopefully.
And, as always, there are good warnings about the nature of the challenge and the difficulties that can bring too. Because the idea is to write the book in a month, and you should be halfway through the story. Thankfully, there are some notes on how to get that happening. And those tools, once used, can actually really help with plotting out a novel before throwing words at a page, but that’s a different post all together.
One of the best things about this chapter is the introduction of the 3/30/10 exercise. You do 3 blocks of 30 mins with a 10 min break. It’s designed to get your word count up, and your characters behaving themselves. I love that exercise. And it really works. Which is why I pulled it out of the chapter specifically to write it out, because it is honestly good enough to be a tool that makes it all come together.
Week Three is a tricky beast, and Baty and his various NaNoWriMo Winners are quick to point out that this isn’t just you. It’s the week. It’s part of the process.
What I really like about this chapter is the sense that you are really not in it alone. Sure, it comes through in other sections well, but here it’s like they really are standing at the end of this tumultuous week, waiting to open the gates of Week Four and usher you into the magic of that sighting of ‘The End’ that comes with Week Four.
Despite having done NaNoWriMo a lot, I really like the exercises, advice, and pep talks in this chapter. It really does help to break down the weight of the word debt, and give a reassurance that this is just like ever other time Week Three has started with a suck dragon lurking in the woods.
The secret, as always with NaNoWriMo, is to balance productivity with some mental space exercises to keep your mind active and prevent overwhelm. It gives some nice ideas on how to do that, and a framework for you to work with if those ideas don’t suit you.
Time to put your procrastination hobby aside and get back to the words!