Contemplating NaNoWriMo 2011

October 26, 2011 in Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller


We’re less than a week away from the start of NaNoWriMo 2011 (that’s National Novel Writing Month for you non-writers) and this year, for the very first time ever, I’m determined to do something.

What the heck does that mean?  I dunno, but it’s not nothing.  I still don’t think I have what it takes to write an actual novel, from start to finish, in 30 days (like Sara Gruen, whose Water for Elephants began as a NaNoWriMo project), but I believe I can do some serious damage in the month of November.  I’ve got two in-progress novels and another book that’s pretty much finished, so why not give it all I’ve got and see what happens?

Of course, this means I won’t officially enter NaNoWriMo this year, again.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t try and write 50,000 words this month (that’s the NaNoWriMo target).  A tad ambitious, considering I have a bunch of other stuff to do, but not impossible.  An average of 1,666 words a day (and it doesn’t even have to be good).  I mean, how hard can it be?

PS: If you’re interested in entering NaNoWriMo (the real one), register at the website here.  Alternatively, if you’re 17 or under, you can try the young writers’ version here.