Write A Novel Within A Month – I Dare Ya

National Novel Writing Month chartNovember is the annual National Novel Writing Month (NNWM):

Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes.

I found out about this through Rebecca’s website last November, where she wrote about her progress.

50,000 words in 30 days would be 1,667 words a day, 69 words per hour; but given I’ll probably spend an hour or two a day at it, I would have to churn out 834 to 1,667 words a day. That’s a lot. It took me an hour to write this 130-ish word post for Christ’s sake.

When you sign up you get a public profile, which you can use to track your progress, add support buddies, and see statistics from other participants. It’s in Flash, but they have an HTML version.

I better start making a novel outline now, although writing THAT could be considered part of the event, I suppose.

5 Replies to “Write A Novel Within A Month – I Dare Ya”

  1. I’d consider doing this. It’s a great exercise. Exercise is exactly the word for it to. It forces you to stretch your writing muscles. Most, if not all, of what you write will be crap. But it’s still good exercise. John Steinbeck said the best way to learn how to write is to write.

  2. Actually your brain is made of something very similar to fat. So if someone tells you you’re a fathead, you can say “thanks!” with pride knowing that they’re saying you’re intelligent. Ya fathead.

    My writing muscles are pretty much everywhere except my head. Unless I smile from my own insatiable wit, then I’m using my head.

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