It’s that time of year again when I have started really thinking about NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, hop on over to the website HERE and take a look. If you can’t be bothered to follow the link (or if I haven’t managed to add the link right) I’ll give you the general gist. Basically the aim is, throughout the month of November, you manage to write 50,000 words of a novel. If you think that there are 30 days in November and you have to write 50,000 words and do the math, then you realise that you have to write 1,667 words a day to hit the target at the end of the month. Think it sounds a doodle? Then you’re wrong!!!
I took part for the first time last year and I managed just over 53,000 words in about 25 days and that is part of the problem I have with November. November is a big month for me. There are several birthdays, both friends and families and then there is my birthday on the 30th November which generally means a lot of drinking and socialising which eats up the writing time! But I think that the reason I managed it last year is because I was working 12 hour shifts and not doing a normal 9-5 job. This meant that I could write loads on my days off shift, forget about writing when I was on days and then get an hour or so done while I was on nights. That adds up to a fair amount of writing time. This year? Well this year I will be attempting NaNoWriMo whilst working a job with proper hours and I think this is going to be difficult. Generally by the time I get home from work I am shattered and only fit for vegging in front of the tv until I drag my sleepy self off to bed.
I honestly have no idea how people manage to consistently write books and hold down a full time job? Maybe they just have more drive than me? But anyway, regardless of the reasons I’m gonna have a damn good try this year. I’ve already started plotting (although I think something else might creep in there and take over) and have various strange bits of paper stuck on my living room walls!
This weekend I’m off to stock up on supplies (pro plus anyone?) that will see me though November and into editing beyond.
So, if you want me at any point in November then be prepared to be ignored cos I’ll more than likely be glued to my computer, iPad or a good old fashioned piece of paper!!
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