Thursday, October 28
Sorry, this was supposed to been yesterday’s topic. Today, I wish to discuss NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where one challenges her/himself to write 50,000 words during the month.
To me, it forces me to practice BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. I get quite a bit written though most of it may require editing. Just think of this as your very first rough draft and cut loose so that you can get your ideas written.
Now, 50,000 words in a month can be intimidating. That boils down to 1667 words a day. I know some people capable of writing 2000 words in an hour. (I can only do that if I use my voice to text program. Otherwise, I can write about 1200 to 1600 words in an hour if I am uninterrupted.) Putting that way, then 50K words should not be hard to do.
Some advice to those who take the challenge. When you sit in that chair and start writing, do not let that internal editor stop you. Do what in the writing world refers to as 'freestyle' writing (journalism refers to this as 'power' writing). This is where one sits and records the ideas and thoughts about one’s novel. This is done by not worrying with capitalization, grammar and other aspects of writing. You can come back and edit later.
Another piece of advice: I would recommend that you do more so that you can have a buffer in case of a disruption (Thanksgiving visitors). One will not know what will pop up during the month.
I usually try for 2500 words a day with an occasional 5000-word day. That way I could take a day off every once in a while. Then there are those unexpected events that can get into the way. Last year, I had 49,483 words with nine days left. Then appendicitis hit. I spent a week in the hospital without access to my computer or story material. I just did get out with a day or two to spare and wrote another 1000 words to break the 50K barrier.
Make sure you join some of the group forums on the site. The feeling I have when I break that 50k barrier is worth the whole challenge. I broke that barrier six of the last seven attempts.
Currently, I have several ideas of what I want to work on for my project. It seems that every year I plan to prepare for the event, but ended up just writing when November 1 came around. It looks like that may be the way I do it this year.
Are you going to participate this year? If so, you can find me under my pseudonym of