National Novel Writing Month. It's a month where writers set a goal and write as much as they can. Ah, that's why lots of my friends disappeared during November during college. Smart, by the way, having a writing month end only two weeks (in some cases one) before final exams. Glad I hadn't known more about it earlier.
So today, we are a week away from November. In honor, I decided to learn more about it.
Writer Musings has a great post about what it take to meet the 50,000 word goal (which I didn't know was the goal until reading this post). To write 50,000 words in 30 days:
"That's 1600 words per day, including weekends and (American) Thanksgiving. If you can't do weekends, then you have 22 days, and need to write 2275 words per day. If you can't write on those two days for Thanksgiving, then you have 20 days, and need to write 2500 words per day."A few months ago I was inspired to start writing. I managed 3,000 words in I think 3 or 4 hours. I thought, ok, I'll do it again the next day. Didn't happen. Sitting down and writing nearly 2,000 words a day seems impossible to me. Crazy!!!
The experts have some good advice. Nathan Bransford tells you what you need to have in place before the month even begins. You need to know what you are going to write. Why waste two or three days staring at your computer screen with no idea where to start?
Fuel Your Writing gives a brief background and insight into this hectic month. "NaNoWriMo has grown, from a 21-person book party in 1999, to hosting over 165,000 participants just a decade later." That's how it started? Awesome. Oh, the powers of the internet.
So, tell me dear readers, about your experiences with NaNoWriMo, and any advice. For, this year, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo (more on that later this week).