Anyway, there’s Thanksgiving for one. Traveling, family visits, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, etc. If you’re a student, you might be dealing with mid-term exams or papers that are due or just your classload in general. If you’re working, it could be some emergency at the job that throws all your plans to write out the proverbial window. If you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, the kids come down with some exotic form of the cold or flu. If you’re looking for work, suddenly you get a call about a job and there goes all those free hours you thought you’d be spending writing.
That’s why I think it’s a good idea to have some sort of tool at hand so that you can keep track of your time. I’m a bit old-fashioned. I like to use a regular paper calendar, such as can be found here. Blank Calendars
But with tablets, laptops, smartphones, and all sorts of gadgets available to use there are also tons of time-tracking software and apps and whatever out there. I’m not even going to try and list them. There’s too many. I searched! Or maybe you already have a favorite one. If you do, please share it. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to keep track of my time.
Whatever you choose to use, however, I think it’s a good idea to have something for time tracking. We all know how fast the days fly by, especially in months with major holidays like November and December, and you don’t want to look up and discover it’s November 29th and you’ve only gotten 10,000 words written. Remember, if you write 1,666 words a day, you will have 50,000 words by the end of month and you will feel so awesome!
Here’s a link to a blank paper calendar for November that I pulled together for my use. Feel free to download it. Write in the days that you know stuff is going to be happening. That way you can plan for those days by perhaps doing a double shift when it comes to writing. One time during NaNo I spent the entire day at Borders’ coffee shop catching up on NaNo. Remember Borders? I do. *sniff*
Oh, here’s something to check out. Storyist’s How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a great way to find out fairly quickly what you want your NaNo novel to be about.