Wednesday, November 3, 2010


~~If you looked at my blog title and said, "Huh?" you might not be a novelist. National Novel Writing Month (Here) is a concerted effort for novelists to turn out words on their novels. Some opt to start on something new. Others work on their novels-in-progress. Which ever plan a writer has, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. That's an average of 1,667 a day. It's a staggering number of words. To do it, the writer can't stop and edit. Words have to flood onto the page.
~~Before you question my sanity, I'm not an official participant in NaNo. I know the physical limits of my wrists. But I do have a group of friends on the Forum who are. We have a thread going so that we can share our output and number of words created every day. I'm piggybacking on the energy and momentum of the group. Some of then have already written nearly 10,000 words in two or three days. I'm proud to say, I've been productive if nowhere near their output. I wrote 600 new words on Monday and 900 new words on Tuesday. If I maintain an average of 600 per day for the month, I'll create 18,000 new words for Friendly Fire by the end of November.
~~I'm going to try. Keep your fingers crossed. ; )


  1. Go Zan Marie Go!
    I don't think I'll quite match Claire or Rachel or Cathy or Adderbury's (!) output but as long as I can meet the NaNo minimum every day, that'll be way more than I managed last year and I might have a finished draft at the end of the month - gasp!

  2. A finished draft...drool. ; ) I'm just hoping to continue at this rate into December and finish a few more of my "to do" chunks. I certainly don't expect to write anything like the numbers those gals are turning out. I did get 1300 today after working on a devotional and posting this.

  3. This whole word count knowledge ya'all have led me to, I am not sure how I feel about it. I might have become slightly obsessed.


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