Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 15 - Halfway there!

There's a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out

- Lyrics from "Breathe (2 AM)," Anna Nalick

There's no mountain too great
Hear these words and have faith
Have faith

- Lyrics from “They Live in You,”
by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Lebo M, from Lion King (on Broadway)

Prompt of the Day: Your character gets bit, stung or shocked by an insect or animal. Allergic reaction is optional.

Tip of the Day: You're at the half-way point! If you're at 25k, congratulations - now don't get lazy! And if you're not at 25k, there is still time to catch up.

It's easy to make excuses for your schedule - "I'm too busy" - but NaNo winners aren't actually people who have plenty of time. They're people who use their time effectively, who write without revising, who write in those ten minutes on the train even when they can't really remember what's going on with the file at home, and who write in their heads when they're not at their computer/notebook. I have yet to see any solid correlation between so-called free time and NaNo success. If anything, it's easy for people with too much spare time to make excuses and, in tortoise-and-hare fashion, never make the final mark.

A second tip: You're half-way through November. If you haven't done it lately, BACK UP YOUR WORK. Again, back it up in at least two locations over which you have control. Email to yourself is a great method - and, when the email arrives, download and open it just to make sure it worked. If you're writing by hand, go to a local Staples or Office Depot or a supportive parent's work and you can probably get photocopies made.

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