It’s that time again! It’s a month that I look forward to every year, where I can jointhousands of others across the globe in rapidly racking up the word count onour newest novels. For the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMofor short) is a challenge to write 50,000 words (or the length of a shortnovel) between November 1st and midnight on November 30th.That translates to about 1,666 words every day, which is no small feat.
I have participated for the last two years, and both years I‘won’, which means that I was able to reach 50,000 words before thedeadline. The first year, I wrote thefirst draft of a sequel to “The Canticle Kingdom” called “The Frozen Globe”,which should still be on the horizon. For my second year, I wrote most of the anovel called “Starspire” which I finished in another 20 days to round it out atabout 80,000. It’s my personal record at50 days from zero to novel.
This year, I’m going to do the reverse of last year. By the end of October, I should have about30,000 words towards the as yet unnamed sequel to “The Last Archangel”. DuringNaNoWriMo, I will write the rest of the 50,000 words to finish the first draftof the novel by the end of November. I’mvery excited about it.
You may ask if with such speed you see a drop inquality. The great thing about NaNoWriMois that you are allowed and even encouraged to do extensive planningbeforehand. Some authors are pure “discoverywriters” and just want to see where the story takes them. Though I do this to a point, I find that withNaNoWriMo, it is “plan or perish”. If you are going to write that many words ina single month, you need to have an ideawhere you are headed or you might find yourself 50,000 words richer, but in thewrong direction.
So, hop on board! Visit http://www.nanowrimo.org tosign up and take part. In the comments,let me know what you are planning to write.