Ah, November. So much happens in November. The leaves finally turn and drop in Texas. My birthday. Thanksgiving. Fall sweeps. And, most importantly, National Novel Writing Month.
From the Website:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
I didn’t officially participated in NaNoWriMo last year because I was working on my historical fiction novel. (One rule of NaNo is you must start the novel from scratch.) This year I am working on the mystery I wrote during NaNo a couple of years ago. Maybe one day I will be at a point where I can take part again, but not this year. That doesn’t mean I won’t use the idea of NaNo’s daily word counts with my current project. In fact, setting a word count goal this month will help me meet my goal of finishing the first draft of this novel by the end of this year. Maybe, I will finish the first draft this month and can use December to work on the second draft. I would like to start the sequel to my historical fiction novel in January.
To reach 50,000 words by November 30 a participant needs to write 1,666 words per day. Since, I already have 44,000 words I do not need to write 50,000 words. I want to keep this novel at 75,000 which means my daily writing goal for November is 1,000 words per day, or four pages. It is amazing how much more doable 1000 words sounds than 1,666.
Wish me luck!