Sunday, November 02, 2008

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who don't know what that weird word in the title is, it's short for National Novel Writing Month. This is the 10th year that November has been NaNoWriMo. I first heard of it a couple of years ago, but never considered participating until this year. I found myself on Friday, October 31, the very last minute, registering without a thought in my head about what I'd write.

Now, two days in, I've got 4,200 words. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. (For those of you who are as mathematically challenged as I am, that breaks down to 1,666 words or almost 7 pages each and every day of November.) Don't edit, don't think too hard, just get the words out. The editing, revising, polishing or even the tossing out can come later. You're supposed to start something new, not work on something that's already in progress.

So, I've started a young adult mystery. I dreamed up--literally--the premise one night last week. We'll see if it can stand up to 50,000 words or more, in a month. I better get back to it!

3 comments:

Why S? said...

good luck with your young adult mystery. wow, 7 pages a day sounds like a lot. Am I supposed to do this and keep up with my house and write my blog and most importantly, keep my job?

Karen K. Kennedy said...

I'm wondering how I'm going to get it all done, too! Thanks for stopping by.

KK

Morgan Mandel said...

I'm only up to 1833 words, but that's really good for me!

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com