For those who aren’t aware, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It’s a month when aspiring writers all over the world commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in a month. I don’t think I’ve got it in me to write a novel just yet, but I have been meaning to write a book. It’s one of those things I keep saying I’ll do.
I like the idea of getting into the discipline of writing every day, and when I was at Brit Mums Live author Rowan Coleman told us, “you have to write all the bad words to get to the good words.” I am hoping that if I can write a set number of words every single day, then at the end of it I may well have a lot of rubbish – but also hopefully the proper beginnings of that book I’ve been trying to write.
I know a lot of people take part in NaNoWriMo, but it’s never sat well with me to churn out that many words in the space of a month. I don’t want or expect to have a book written by the end of November. Having read this post, I expect my book to take a lot longer than a month to finish! Also, 50,000 words in a month is a minimum of 1600-odd in a day. I don’t feel that is in any way achievable for me right now, considering all the other writing I do on a daily basis!
I’m not setting myself a ridiculous target; I’d rather set one that is easily achievable and then exceed it if I can. Therefore, my target will be 500 words per day.
That might not sound a lot, but I write 500-word blog posts for clients most days, as well as maintaining this blog – so I tend to write upwards of 1000 words per day as it is; just not on the same subject every day, and not with the end goal of writing a book!
I’m still looking for a challenge for December, so all suggestions gratefully received. Or I could take a month off and begin the bonkers challenges again in January.
If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo I’d love to hear your thoughts