Saturday, November 24, 2012

And this is how you do it

One of my friends was expressing admiration for the NaBloPoMo efforts of myself and several other blogs she reads.

"I don't think I could do it," she said. "I mean, I don't have something to write about every day! Or the time and energy to write it!"

"Mmmmm, me neither," I agreed.

She looked at me suspiciously. "So how do people do it then? How are you doing it?"

"Some people plan and schedule a lot in advance," I said. "Some rely on memes and prompts. Some post extracts of their NaNo novels, if they're doing both challenges. Some do a lot of image-heavy posts, using back catalogue images."

"And you?" she said. "What gets you through?"

I smiled. "Bloody-mindedness," I said. "Poetry. Saving up books to review. And when all else fails, which it usually does sometime in the last week..."

"Yes?" she says.

"Then you write a post about nothing, and present it as conversation about how to get to the end of NaBlo."

She snorted. "I see what you did there..."

I just grinned.

This is post 24 in NaBloPoMo. 24 down, 6 to go!


  1. Good work. I read to the end, got a pleasant little suprise and a grin.

    Best of luck with the remainder. Round it up or round it down.

  2. I think too it's about having a goal and sticking to it. I mean no one cares if we win or lose, except us. People asked how I did NaNoWriMo and it's simply because I WANT to. I have those priorities and things I want to do will always be easier to do than things I feel I ought to do.

    Maybe next year I'll be brave enough to attempt both at once :-P

    1. I did (and finished) both last year. it was quite a ride! You are right, of course - intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic, every time. the two years I've completed NaNo it has been a huge sense of personal achievement.