What to Track When Rebelling

It’s week two! NaNoWriMo is in full swing across the globe. I, once again, am behind, but at this point I think it’s a character trait. A lot has gone on in my home front…plus I live in the United States and boy was that election (this election since it’s technically not quite over) a doozy.

But I digress. This year my focus is less on a novel and more on a marketing course. I’ve now broken the concept into two ideas: one being the original marketing course, the other actually being a plotting course for writers. I’ve heard enough people saying plotting isn’t for them while missing the point of plotting. So I want to help those writers out.

If I can finish that is. It doesn’t matter how much plotting I do, most of my issues are just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). And knowing what to track.

Editing on a tablet provided by Salomé Watel

What Is a Rebel?

First let’s talk about us rebels. Those who chose to do something other than the 50K. We are people editing manuscripts, writing film scripts, creating courses, possibly even creating a website and all that goes with it. Being a rebel is someone doing something other than writing 50K from scratch.

Are you continuing a novel you started before November? You’re a rebel.

Editing draft two? A rebel!

And it’s wonderful! Being a rebel doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong when it comes to NaNo. It just means you’re doing something different. It can make tracking your work a little difficult however.

Words, Pages, Time

My tracking this month is a mix between words and sections. I’m still planning out parts of specific courses, doing research, and putting things together. I’ll focus on words for NaNo but bigger picture I’m focusing on sections being complete.

So if you’re a rebel, what would be the best way to track your work? Words still fit for a lot of topics. If you’re continuing a novel, writing a course, or a collection of posts, words might work best.

Or pages. Pages are the go to for scripts and the like. You’ll want to challenge yourself to match an approximation to 50K. A lot of people do 100 pages. Or if you’re editing a novel, you might break down your entire novel to fit the 30 days.

Lastly there is time. Hours of editing or research make up a great gauge for productivity. Say you normally write about a thousand words an hour. You’d want to try to work 50 hours in November. That is a sizable chunk to dedicate to your work.

Developing a Habit

In the end, no matter what you track, NaNoWriMo is about developing a habit of writing/working on your creation. This goes for all rebels. This goes for everyone trying to get that 50K. The biggest thing is to develop a habit. Learning how to write very day or on a schedule that makes sense to you. It’s about setting aside time to craft your words or your projects, because it’s important to get your work out there.

No matter if you’re new to NaNo, doing a classic run, or being a rebel, I wish you luck this November. You still have three full weeks of hours to write. Even if you’re behind, ahead, or just starting, you’ll get there. Get those words. Edit those pages. And I’ll see you next week.

Let me know in the comments below if you’re being a rebel this year or if you’ve stuck to the normal NaNo rules. I’d love to hear about your work.

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