Tuesday, 10 November 2020

NaNoWriMo

Those of you who know me well, know that I've never been a big fan of NaNoWriMo - the idea that you write 50K words of a novel over the month of November.

It sounds straightforward - write 1667 words a day, every day for all 30 days. Or 2381 words per weekday with the weekend off. Or however you want to slice and dice it.


I've always felt that this was unsustainable for me. I plan a lot. And although on a good writing day I can clear more than 3000 words and I may even sustain that for a few days in a row, I'm not sure I can sustain 1667 per day for 30 days as an average. And I'm even less sure that in focusing on the word count, I will write 50K words that will survive any editing. Yeah - I could write 50K words in a month, but then I'll spend much longer sorting it all out.

But...

Book #10 is planned. Not every scene in full detail, but the bare bones are certainly sorted out and some of the meat. And although I do have other commitments that pull me away from writing full-time, I could quite probably write more per day than I currently do. I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't average 1667 words per day, or the 50K over the month, but I am going to try to get more of book #10 done than my average monthly word count.

I'll let you know in December if I've managed it! But now... back to writing!


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