Background music and #NaNoWriMo hurdles

Part of a keyboard, Photograph by AdS
Photograph by AdS

The writing for NaNoWriMo is going well, I think. I covered some 18’000 words by now and the story line is developing almost chronologically. Being busy for NaNoWriMo is the reason there is less blogging going on here.

Since this is the first year that I am participating in NaNoWriMo, I was confused over several issues but lucky for me, my friend Andrea Nash Boynton explained the details.

The piece for the word count does not have to be one novel if your style is to work on several projects at the same time. As long as it is unique content, written by you, during the month of November, it can be a mixed bags of scenes that later will become a novel. Andrea described her past experiences with writing during our last archery practice. We didn’t get as many arrows in as usual but I got to know her a lot better! šŸ™‚

Encouraged by Andrea that I didn’t have to write one novel from start to almost finish, it changed the game for me. I could write stand-alone scenes out of sequence as I usually do when thinking about short stories. Then I hit the keyboard.

Another issue that held me back was that I didn’t expect that continuously having the number 1’667 (total of 50’000 words in 30 days) in my head didn’t help me advance the novel. Maybe others new to NaNoWriMo have the same issues. Maybe it is just me. What helped me was to visually kick that number into the trash can and write. Not a novel, not 1667 words per day, just write. This is what I have so far:

Totals at end of day:

  1. 1’257
  2. 3’910
  3. 11’836
  4. 13’883
  5. 15’148
  6. 18’019

Hopefully I will be able to keep up the momentum. There are two things that I am curious about so I’d like to hear from other NaNo writers: when you write do you play music and if so, what is THE song to get you in the writing mood? Please leave your writing-boosting songs in the comment box.

I don’t have a particular writing song but the clip below tells you what I like to hear!

Happy blogging/writing!

4 thoughts on “Background music and #NaNoWriMo hurdles

  1. When I feel behind or don’t want to worry about word count, I use the program OmmWriter. It lets me set a look, ambient sounds, and blocks out my screen. I wouldn’t have won Nano last year without it.

    Thanks for sharing your music selection and encouraging others to post their suggestions.


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