Are you doing National Novel Writing Month this year?
NaNoWriMo continues to grow with more writers signing up each year from around the world. The website contains some impressive statistics about the number of countries, writers and words generated.
At a guess, I’d say there are many more writers who join in without registering. Instead, they make a commitment to push through the barriers if only for one month. The suggested goal is to write a novel of 50,000 words between the first and last days of November, which works out at 1667 words per day. This may seem pretty daunting for some who may wish to set their own word targets.
NaNoWriMo may be just the antidote to the perfectionism I’ve pooh-poohed in previous posts. The year before last, I set a goal to finish the first draft of my YA novel which had stalled at around 20,000 words. I wrote 30,000 words that month. This year, due to family and work commitments, my aim is simply to write every day. The following log of my progress was surprisingly (and perhaps pathetically) satisfying to compile:
The grand total so far is 4132 words.
If I’d restricted myself to an acceptable word count, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have written one, let alone every, day. That goal would have been unrealistic and unachievable. Similarly, if I’d waited until I could write on the computer, there are at least three days when that would have been impossible. It’s the tenth day and I haven’t logged anything yet. Only two hours left to write…
What are your tips for NaNoWriMo?