Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo otherwise known as "National Novel Writing Month." Those participating attempt to write a 50,000 word "novel" within the month of November. To do this, participants try their best to write at least 1600 words each day.
Will you be participating this year?
I've given it a try for several years, and I've never managed to hit the goal working on any one manuscript. Life gets in the way, especially now that I'm a grown woman with adult responsibilities and a family of my own. I mean, it falls right at the start of the holiday season, and I run a handmade business. Still, I think I might try to follow the spirit of the event if not following lockstep with the rules.
As I wrote in my quarterly goals for the next few months, my biggest goal is to finish the rough draft of TIP. I still have around 23,000 words to go before I hit the word-count goal I have for it, but if writing Succession taught me anything it's that stories rarely stick to word count goals. I had the same for it, but the finished manuscript was right at 83,000 words.
Even if TIP goes to the same length, it would still put me just past the halfway mark. However, I have more than just novels I work on each month. I've never counted the blog posts/articles I write during NaNoWriMo toward my word count, which almost led to viewing them as "in the way" last year. This time around, I think I'll do the opposite.
Writing is writing, and I've failed when trying to stick with just one piece in the past. My attention wanders far too much for that to work. So this year, I will count the articles and blog posts I write for here and the Contented Comfort blog toward the goal of 50K words in November. Additionally, I'll also count the words in any short stories or fragments of other manuscripts I work on during the month.
If I'm going to release another collection of short works between each novel release, I have to draft them sometime, right? What better time than when I need a change of pace to keep from getting stuck drafting my current work-in-progress?
Between the three weekly posts for both blogs, random short stories, and the rest of TIP's rough draft, I think I stand a good chance hitting 50K words by November 30th this year.
What about you? Will you give NaNoWriMo a shot this year, and if you do, what's your strategy?
In addition to working as a freelance writer, A. B. England is a novelist, all around geek, avid crafter, and a homeschooling mother of two.
She is an autistic creator with a love of mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
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