This post will be published on Day 4, but it’s up to date as of Day 3 of GloManWriMo (which is running at the same time as NaNoWriMo).
Three days in and so far so good. A 333 word per day goal is not difficult for me at this point and the writing is flowing easily enough so far. One thing that I’m doing is that I’m just letting the words come out without a lot of prior planning or regard for how good they are at this point. I’m just typing right now, as Chris Brogan might say.
I already know that this manifesto will need a massive edit job before it’s all over, so I’m not worry too much about how good it is (or isn’t) right now. I’ve exceeded my daily goal each day, but not by much: I’m probably averaging 350 words/day instead of 333.
I’m trying to write on a single topic per day. I’m using the manifesto to expand upon the topics we cover at Thoughtwrestling. I’m writing The Tao or The Way of the Thoughtwrestler, I guess. Right now I’m on track to have 30 sections to the manifesto if I stick to one topic per day.
Later on, once the first draft is done, I’ll read it over and figure out if it really needs to have 30 sections. I expect that I’ll be able to combine some things into sections and I’ll be able to expand on other topics as needed.
I know that the first draft won’t be very good and that it will need a lot of work to be presentable. At the same time, I’ve wanted to write a manifesto for awhile and this was kind of my way to actually start doing it.
Lately I’m finding that the only way to get big things done is to start with a very simple, short plan and just do it. I can always clean it up later. I wouldn’t want to write a novel that way, but this seems to be a starting point. Hopefully this will work out.
So, if you’re working on GloManWriMo (or NaNoWriMo, for that matter), leave me a comment and tell me how you’re doing!
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