I have begun writing in my second Nanowrimo. That’s the National Noval Writing Month for the uninitiated. It’s a challenge contest where you compete with yourself to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, November.
I ‘won,’ that is I finished last year, and I’m competing again this year. Today is day two. I have written just over 12,000 words so far. To ‘win’ you have to write 1666 words a day. I’ve written over 6,000 words a day for two days. I’ll do the same tomorrow.
Obviously, I’ve done nothing else but write for the last two days. I’m not a masochist, I’m pushing myself because I’m a professor. I’ve set aside this weekend to push myself to my limits. I want to get 18,000 words in three days, and another 6,000 words this week. That will put me half way through the project. After that, I will have 888 words per day to knock out.
With everything else I have to do and Thanksgiving coming. I didn’t see another way for me to finish. This year, the semester ends early, the second week of December. If I didn’t have a push at the beginning of the month, at the end I would be overwhelmed with class and the contest.
So, after two days of nothing but writing, I’m surviving. I know I’ll survive three. Then I’ll be able to kick back.
Just one more thing. There’s a list of books on NaNoWriMo’s website for writers. Take a look at them.