Last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo” for short. This is a massive phenomenon where people commit to writing 50,000 words of fiction during the 30 days of November. I met my goal of 50k words several days early. I thought it would take a lot of time, but it didn’t. I wrote in small bits of time here and there and hit my 1700 words-per-day target without needing to stay up late.
(Note: not because I’m crazy productive. Writing lots of words is just already what I do all day, so it’s kind of like challenging people to run 4 miles a day for a month. If you weren’t a regular runner, that would be really hard. If you were a committed distance runner, it wouldn’t be).
To be fair, the novel is unreadable. I was figuring out where things were going as I was going along. I have not revisited what I wrote since last November. However, I have been figuring out things to add to the story, and new directions to take it.
So, I am going to do NaNoWriMo again, but with my own twist (not the official rules!). I will write 50,000 more words, but they’ll be building on the same story. Ideally, once I have 100k+ words of something, I’ll be able to pull a more solid 75k word novel out of it.
I’m quite excited about it. I’ve been itching for a big project, and while I do need to be thinking about my next non-fiction book, I’m mulling over a lot of ideas. I need something to fill my brain in the meantime. November is lighter for me on travel than October has been. It will be a good time, and give me those hours of “speculative/skill building” that need to go in the perfect 40.
Is anyone else giving it a whirl? Let me know and we can check in with word counts. Email me lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Photo: Mums! It must mean it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo!