This was a very important article for me to read during NaNoWriMo 2010 (When I wrote Catalyst) so I think I will share it with you. It’s all about Neil Gaiman’s gazebo. Click here to read it and then come back and finish this post.
One of the reasons my writing routine revolves around writing at the same time everyday and trying to get a consistent word count is that it helps me from being distracted by my own gazebo’s. Right now I have only three. They are Facebook, Twitter, and this blog. If I ever don’t feel like writing I turn to one of these. If I ever take a break from writing I usually check all three. Sometimes, I even tell myself I can’t start writing until I update one or all of them.
It’s not so bad during the year but during NaNoWriMo these three distractions eat up a lot of time. So the question becomes, what do I do with my blog during NaNoWriMo?
Is NaNoWriMo a good enough excuse to not update my blog at all during November? I don’t think so. This is a gazebo but it still needs to be built. This is one of the best ways for me to communicate with readers so I can’t just ignore it. The less consistent I am with my blog posts the harder it is to build my fan base. I always lose hits in November and the months that come after. I’m determined not to let that happen this time.
These are my strategies:
1. Keep posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
2. There is no need for a chunk of prose for every post. Use less words.
3. Less words means use more pictures. Don’t just copy things from other websites. Only my pictures.
4. Reblog other people’s blog posts. If I have no time for writing blog posts the I will use one of the million articles on writing that proliferate Twitter.
5. Schedule posts well in advance. There is no reason I can’t get most of them done before November even starts.
6. Don’t look at blog traffic until after November. Focus on NaNoWriMo.
Using these strategies you can expect posts to stay regular while I’m pulling my hair out trying to meet word counts next month. Enjoy.