Monday Moans: NaNoWriMo and the real world

Easy as A, B, C . . . from HA

NaNoWriMo (The National Novel Writing Month) is a once a year write-fest that, to call yourself a winner, requires you to write 50,000 words in one month. That’s an average of 1,667 words a day.

For some of my writer friends out there, 1,667 words is just another day at the office… J. Scott Savage said he mentioned the 50,000 words in one month to Mette Ivie Harrison and she said “Great, but what do I do the other 27 days” (or something like that. As it turns out, she did it in eight days [minus the weekend])

You guys rock! We mere mortals however struggle. Unfortunately, we get side-tracked by family, friends, life-in-general. We get lost in thought and, most of the time, the thoughts don’t make it to the word processor… mainly because the thoughts aren’t about the novel, but about what my schedule’s like tomorrow.

On the plus side, NaNo forces us to get something written. Editing on the fly is left behind; can’t edit as you write at almost 1,700 words a day. Editing comes later.

I’m behind the curve as it stands right now by around 5,000 words. Right now, to finish on time, I need to write 2,143 words per day to finish by midnight, 30 November.

So, Life… for the next two weeks, can you make sure nobody needs to contact me for anything. No deliveries, no charities calling, no computer glitches etc., make every day a carefree day with no interruptions. Two weeks… 30,000 words.

Thanks in advance.

See you day-after-tomorrow for Wednesday’s WIP.


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