Have you heard of the National Novel Writing Month challenge? The goal and purpose are to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It’s about quantity over quality: get the words on the page. According to the Wikipedia article, the draft of the novel Water for Elephants was written this way. Google the article for more details.
Na No Wri No’s Math: 50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1667 words per day.
The official NA NO WR MO has specific rules and check-ins to keep you accountable, the official month is November, and all the writing is supposed to be new, although you can have research and an outline to reference. Now, that’s a lot of words to write and my concern is “how do you write that many words every day if you have limited time, maybe an hour, or two if I wake at 5 a.m, a day…………….”
For several years now I’ve thought about this challenge and on both conscious and subconscious levels I have planned for my novel month challenge. Planning for “How I could make this happen!” And, I’ve fought all those doubtful thoughts. You know, the thoughts that say can’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t.
First: My Challenge. I will not officially sign up for Na No Wri Mo. Forget November, that’s family, turkey, and pumpkin pie month. This year, my challenge month will be October.
Second: Organization. I’ve come up with 30 Chapter Titles so each day has a pre-determined theme. This means I HAVE PREPARED. I am starting with an overview sense of the whole book. This means I’ve plotted, and worked on characters, on setting, on conflicts. And, I’ve been typing up my notes, getting ideas back in the forefront of my mind.
Third: Word Count. I will not stress about word count. If I write 25,000 words in 30 days I will feel successful in this first novel attempt.
My Word Count Committment: 25,000 words in 30 days = 833 words per day
Fourth: Accountable. I will write daily and I will blog weekly during the month of October and tell You what my word count is for the week.
I encourage you to take up the challenge!!
Please be patient. During the month of October as I focus on writing, I may not be able to visit other sites. This is something I’ve got to do. If you want to send encouragement, please hit the “Like” button found under my Word Count Posts at www.wingsofwonder.wordpress.com . I’ve also been working on the Subject “Cloud” on my blog site so I invite you to visit and see if any of the TAG headings interest you. There’s also lots of art to see on my site.
PS. I haven’t figured out the technical difficulties yet.