Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stay the Course

Okay folks, we're heading into the final frenzied week of NaNoWriMo 2008. We've got a good chunk of Guelph Wrimos sitting right on the cusp of where they need to be for a steady finish, a few who are ahead of the game, and some who are a bit behind standard pace, but still within sight of the goal if they push through this week. Some of you may have modified the goal to one that's more attainable for you this year -- and that's great too. What matters now is staying strong and staying the course. To that end:

1. I've linked everyone's mini-graphs on the sidebar of our blog to your NaNo Progress Reports. If you're working towards a 50,000 word goal by November 30th, the progress report will let you know how many words you need to write each day between now and then to get there. (FYI: The data in the progress report is not "live". It does not update immediately when you update your wordcount, but does grab new word count data regularly. Therefore, if you've just updated your word count, you may need to wait 15 minutes or so for the graphs and progress reports to reflect that.)

2. We'll be meeting at Williams again next Saturday. Come on out and get a final push towards that finish line with your fellow Guelph Wrimos. Please watch our blog for the official meeting post and leave a comment if you intend to join us, so I'll know how many seats to reserve.

3. If you'd like any additional meetings this week, please let us know your preferred times so we can try to set something up. I've received one vote so far for a daytime meetup or a Monday or Thursday evening.

4. If there's anything different you'd like to do for this week -- or anything I can do -- to help you reach your goal, please let me know.

Good writing everyone!



Terrence said...

I'm glad to say that I'm on track, although if it wasn't for procrastination I'd be ahead. But I give myself credit, I have a bad start do to things out of my control, it's been a busy month at work and home. I'm still confident that I'll make it, I just need to focus this week.

Let's focus on the good things we have achieved and what we need to do. Don't beat yourself up.

Laura Rainbow Dragon said...

Exactly right, Terry. NaNoWriMo is an ambitious challenge, and anyone who gives it their best shot is a winner.

Anyone who's a little behind the standard pace at this point should know that NaNoWriMo has a long tradition of come-from-behind successes -- including NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty who is behind at this point in the month every year and yet every year manages to pull off a victory somehow.

Kate said...

It's totally doable. I'm at a close point to Chris Baty as well, but I'm confident I can get this done.

If people are into a Thursday night meeting, I'd be into it. I get off work at 8, though, so I wouldn't be able to show up until then.