Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today's Bad NaNoWriMo Advice: Promise to do stuff

I know, I KNOW, okay? This NaNoWriMo advice series is supposed to be daily! And it would be! I swear! Except I'm busy -- you know -- doing NaNoWriMo!

And avoiding NaNoWriMo. Okay, fine. (Why does NaNoWriMo make me channel Clementine so often?)

Anyway, today's bad advice is this: promise to do stuff besides NaNo during November. Like posting on your blog daily, dishing out advice even while in the midst of failing spectacularly at meeting your own daily word count. And participating in a group blog (which, by the way, is not really bad advice, and I quite enjoy it -- you can find my monthly post at Smack Dab in the Middle today). And, you know, doing the dishes and going to work and stuff.

But part of the fun of NaNo is figuring out how to squish words in around the edges of your life. How are you all doing so far?


bettielee said...

hahahahahaha! Do other stuff during NaNo? hahaha! I'm barely changing my SOCKS let alone "doing other stuff"

Granny Kate said...

Ok. We did a variation of this. We promised to do NaNo -- and did all kinds of other things instead. We put up shelves in the laundry room. We've been aiming to do that for three years. Perfect timing. We finished sorting papers, found homes for books -- somewhere besides every chair in the house. We installed a dryer. We put up new switch plate covers. We occupied Richwood. We accidentally joined a coven. We accidentally got back into raising milk goats (sort of). And I created the world's best and easiest chocolate cake recipe (which I've been baking every third day all through November). This is only a partial list. We should really do this more often.

Granny Kate said...

Well... all but the coven thing was true, but didn't that spice up the telling?

As for the re-entry into dairy goats, we are so serious about this. We are in the collecting what we need stage -- and then we'll see if that free goat from a friend thing is still viable. I love NaNoWriMonth. We get SO much done.

Sarah Dooley said...

Bettie Lee, what are these socks of which you speak? I've been wearing house shoes all month!

Mama, you're so good at acting out novels. :)

Granny Kate said...

Plus, the cake recipe has coffee in it -- so it is called NaNoCake -- as writers run on coffee.

1 cup flour,
1 cup sugar,
1 cup good cocoa
1 egg,
1/3-ish of oil,
1 cup milk,
1 tsp vanilla.

Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Ad the wet to the dry, slowly. Then add one cup of very warm, strong (but not hot) coffee)

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Guaranteed to keep you up all night writing.