So, I have begun a half-hearted attempt at NaNoWriMo this year.
What is NaNoWriMo?
For those of you who do not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's hard to miss, as a lot more people have been participating lately, and it has been growing in popularity.
The basic premise is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, which works out to about 1,667 words per day. I've talked about it before, and how it can be beneficial.
So what am I doing this year?
Because of certain circumstances, I am not being as strict on myself this year, as I was last year. Last year I won (barely, and won just means that I met the goal, lots of people win), but this year I am not expecting to. My goal is to finish the 50,000 word goal by the end of the year. That gives me an extra month, and finishing earlier than that would be excellent.
I'm also being a little bit better about outlining, and making sure that my novel makes sense. Not as much discovery writing going on, and yes, I have a spreadsheet to keep track of what I am writing.
I know that stretching it to two months is not within the spirit of the event, but I don't want to put that kind of pressure on myself for a few reasons.
- I've already written 50,000 words in a month. I know that I can do it again. I have tested my limits.
- I have different work obligations than I did last year. I'm working a bit more than I usually do, which just so happens to coincide with this time of year, and I don't want to take away from family time.
- I want to be free to take a day off to go on adventures while we still have the chance, and not feel bad about it.
So there it is. I may not finish as quickly as I did last year, but I am confident I will have something by the end of the year, and I'm pretty excited about that. I might even post some of my better pieces from the story here (expect one soon).
Interested in following my progress? (there is also an excerpt from my work-in-progress) Click Here