Thursday, October 28, 2010
#NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month
In a moment of madness I have decided to sign up to the National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo.) The idea is to write 50,000 words over the course of 30 days! This is the twelfth year it has run and over that time it has grown and grown.
I have heard about it before and love the idea but wasn't sure that practically I would be able to manage it. I am still not sure on that point but I have decided I am going to give it a go. It means writing approx 1700 words a day for the whole month to get to the end target. The 50,000 words I write will be towards the novel 'The Shortlist.' This is something I have already started but what I have already written does not count towards the word count. The novel has a planned word count of between 100,000 - 120,000 so 50,000 words will be a serious indent into that. It is not quite within the usual restrictions of the NaNoWriMo as the 50,000 words is normally a single piece of that length but I need to work on what is on my agenda. It really will be a big push along with one of my larger projects which is well needed and from the sounds of things this is a pretty fun way to go about it.
I have seen various tips on how to survive the month but I'm not sure I've given myself enough time to read up on all of them. A lot of them seem to include stocking up on chocolate and alcohol! I am fortunate in that I only work part time but my shifts vary and this can affect how much writing time I can squeeze in. There may well be a lot of pen to paper and then typing up. I am also going on holiday to the Christmas markets in Germany at the end of November so not to sure if I'll manage to get it done ahead of time!
I vow to give it my best shot though. I also vow not to edit anything on the way, even if it is a complete load of tripe I will keep it and worry about fixing it all later.
In the few days before #NaNoWriMo rather than preparing I am attempting to get the short stories for Writing Magazine and Writer's News completed to send off. I have given myself the challenge of entering each of these to get back into the swing of short story writing. I am hoping to be short-listed for at least one story by the end of the year. The ones I am working on at the moment are ones I just hope to get finished and sent off. Sometimes that is an achievement in itself and the practice is really what I need.
I will add some #NaNoWriMo gadgets to the blog over the next few days but in the meantime if you are taking part and want to add me as a writing buddy you can find me here under katylittlelady! Good luck to anyone else taking part!
Posted by Catherine Miller at 12:22 PM