Monday, October 24, 2011

Prepping for NaNoWriMo

NaNo...what? If you haven't heard about NaNoWriMo, I'm excited to tell you about it.
National Novel Writing Month takes place each year in November. Writers from all over the planet set a goal to write like crazy. In order to "win" Nano, you need to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

To give you an idea of what that means, a typical novel is around 80,000-100,000 words. My first novel, WRONG NUMBER is 72,000 words and my upcoming novel, CALLER ID is about 83,000 words.
Last year I participated in Nano for the first time and I won--something that completely amazed me because my baby was only two weeks old when NaNo started on the first of November.

This year I'll be participating again, you can too, just follow this link to sign up.
I just signed up again, but my hope is that I won't have 50K words left on my new novel. I've been challenging myself to a personal NaNoWriMo during the month of October and I just hit 33,000 words on my latest mystery/suspense novel. It's pretty exciting to see those words pile up. I'm kind of competitive--even with myself--so I have an Excel document in which I track the amount of words I write each day.

Some nights I'm so tired and I really want to veg, but then I'll look at my word count which I've worked at in snatches all day between changing diapers, helping with homework, helping my girls practice piano, making dinner--you get the idea. Often I'll think, I'm only 800 words away from hitting 2,000, which is my daily goal. Sometimes I make it and other times I don't. I don't write on Sundays, so that means I have to up my daily word count goal to reach the monthly goal.  But every day I'm more motivated to write because I'm pushing toward that goal.

If you're a writer, I encourage you to sign up for NaNo and make a goal.
If you're not a writer, focus on what you do want to accomplish in another area of your life, make a goal, and make it happen.
What do you want to achieve?

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