How many of you are up for the insane madness that is NaNoWriMo? Any blank looks in the audience?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is an annual writing event where people from all over the globe get together and attempt to writing 50,000 words in a month – the month of November, to be precise.
Check out Merc’s fantastic post on how to prepare for NaNo, and as per her suggestion, consider making your own List of Shiny.
NaNo is a ton of fun, and it’s thanks to NaNo (and Merc) that I completed my very first novel. I’m a hearty supporter of it, and think it’s a wonderful excuse to push yourself into doing something you wouldn’t normally do.
But that said, I’m a cheater. I don’t play by the NaNoWriMo rules.
1) First of all, I really would like to get to 50k. That’s point one.
2) However, I don’t necessarily intend for all these words to be on the same project. I really, really want to get the tiger novelette finishes – about 8-9k to go.
3) On the other hand, I don’t really want to be all scatter-brained like, and write, say, 50 thousand words of short story (although think of all the subs I’d have! :D)
4) SO. I will shoot for the 50k in 30 days. And I will concentrate on the four projects I’ve realised are my main ones.
5) Hunter Hunted (the tiger novelette) only needs about another 9k. That leaves 41k between the other three. Which equals more or less 14,000 words each.
So, this years plan is thus:
9k on The Hunter Hunted
14k on How Not To Take Over The World
14k on the Jesscapades rewrite (which is actually working now, huzzah)
and 14k on Sanctuary (also now working, squippee!)
If you’re interested, you can read blurbs for the wips here (or by using the Works In Progress link at the top of the page).
So tell me: Who amongst you plans to join the insanity? What rules are you playing by?