It's that time of the year again. NaNoWriMo started last Thursday. If you're not familiar with Nano (for short), it stands for National Novel Writing Month. (I assume a strictly U.S. thing, but if you're one of my friends from another country, feel free to chime in if I'm mistaken.) During the month of November, the idea is to write a 50K word novel. And yes, we all know novels are supposed to be longer than that, but the idea is to get at least that much done, and if you finish the first draft of a book, more power to you. (I'm sure there are websites devoted to this whole thing, but I've never been to one. Google should be able to help you there.)
Anyway, I have never participated in Nano. It always seems to fall when I'm in the middle of some other project. The idea isn't to write 50K on an old project, so I don't bother jumping into the fray. Having said this, though, it occurs to me that Nano or Not, I did complete their specifications. I wrote 50K words to a novel within a month. In fact, since I started R2L on October 9th, I'm a bit ahead of the game. You see, I hit 50K tonight.
Don't feel bad. I never crank out this many words this fast. For me, this is a total abberation. Usually, I average 750 words a night before my brain goes kaput. This sucker is just falling out of my head and onto the page right now. I wish all my stories came out so easily, but no such luck.
Anyhoo, to those of you participating in Nano this year, I wish you success. (Because luck has nothing to do with this part of writing.) And for those of you who aren't, why not join me in a little bit of friendly nudging. For the next thirty days, write 750 words a day. That's roughly three pages worth. Don't worry if some days you can't make the 750. As long as you have your butt in your chair and your hands on some writing implement, the words will come. Some days you may hit 1500, and in the end, they'll all average out.
Remember for this little gambit, the honor system works and the only person who is responsible for your words (or lack thereof) is you. I'm not going to smack you with a stick if you miss, but you may feel free to kick your own butt.
So? Are you game?
(And if you currently have no way of keeping track, let me know. I'll be happy to help you build a quick spreadsheet, and put up a word meter. Just one of the services I can provide to my writing friends. Ya know?)
Now, having only put up 1100 words today (and a weekend day at that... I'm so ashamed... :kicks own butt:), I'm headed off for slumberland.
Good night Mr. and Mrs. Writer and all the 'puters at sea.
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