NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year: NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. If you write 1,667 words a day, every day, you’ll reach the goal. If you take weekends off, you’ll have to write 2273 words on every remaining day.

Let’s put that into context: I would have to write a chapter a day to reach the finish line. When I worked on THE PROTECTOR, I wrote a chapter a week. Ouch.

I’m not a fast writer. I’m not a “write now, revise later” writer. I’m a “agonize over the right words in one sentence until it’s perfect and I can move on to the next sentence” writer. I draft and revise paragraph by paragraph. That takes its time.

BUT I expected to have a finished novel by the end of the year, and the end of the year is only 61 days away. Crap! If I produce just around 1000 words a day—no taking weekends or holidays off—I can still make my deadline, with plenty of stuff to edit and revise (i.e. delete). Hmm …

I won’t sign up for NaNoWriMo officially, I think, but I’ll do my darndest to work toward those 50,000 words in November.

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