NaNoWriMo: I’m Going To Do It!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is creeping up on us.  The idea is to write a full-fledged novel (175 pages, 50,000 words) between November 1 and November 30, 2012.  People always say they are going to do this thing, but then they never do it.  Why?  Because writing a novel is hard as f*ck.

But this year, along with allllll the other things going on in my life (full-time job, full-time grad school, freelance writing gigs, etc), I’m going to do it.  I am going to write a novel in 30 days or less.  Here’s my plan:

Set Goals: I calculated that 175 pages in 30 days is about 6 pages per day.  When you look at it like that, it’s hella easy!  When I sit down to write, my average is about 10-15 pages a day.

Set Deadlines: Despite my fantastic page turnout, my problem is I don’t have any deadlines, so the content fizzles out until I’m bored with one project and move on to the next.  A deadline of November 30 will hopefully keep me on-task.

Set the Pace: I’m super good at doing that.  I’m not a procrastinator and I like breaking things up, so the 6 page a day goal is pretty realistic timeframe for me.

So what am I going to write about?  A travel novel of course!  I’ve been trying to put together an eBook for quite some time and this would be the perfect opportunity to hammer it out and make that happen.  If not, I have another genre I’ve been tinkering with, but I won’t reveal that until I’ve met my goal…

Interestingly enough, NaNoWriMo is “all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly” (Gotham Writer’s Workshop).  Basically, I’ll be writing a draft based on diligence, not a finished product at my leisure.

Does NaNoWriMo sound like something you’d like to do?  Let’s hear your thoughts!  Leave a comment below and let me know if you’ll be taking up the challenge!  You can learn more about NaNoWriMo here.

3 Comments

  1. Andrew J Mackey
    Oct 24, 2012

    I’m joining the push, likewise. It’s my first NaNoWriMo, and I’m a little concerned to tell the truth. Like you, I’m confident in my ability to write fifteen pages in one sitting, but how do you think you’ll go about writing the equivalent of three single spaced pages a day for thirty days? I’m not certain that setting goals is enough for me. Moreover, how much work have you done in preparation for your novel? I have done little, but lived the life I’ve lived, and read the novels I’ve read. What have you done already to make sure that you can start writing on November first?

    • katkatravels
      Oct 24, 2012

      Good questions. I guess part of it is that I always keep the idea in mind. I’ve been meaning to write this kind of novel for a while and just never had a deadline, a reason to finish, something to keep me motivated other than “fame and fortune.” It may work, it may not, but I think part of the stress-release is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, just written. I think it’d be different if the goal was to “write a novel ready for publication” in thirty days. I think the idea is overwhelming for sure, especially since this is the first time you and I are attempting this feat.

      Support and morale boosting is also key, I believe. I have some friends who are also going to try NaNoWriMo and we will definitely be motivating each other along the way. You’re more than welcome to join our group! I’d be happy to offer any support you may need. All writers, even the best ones, need encouragement :)

      Good luck!

      • Andrew J Mackey
        Oct 25, 2012

        Thanks for all your suggestions. I’ve got a very dedicated, veteran group that I’m going to be prodded along by, so I’m not worried about that. Best of luck to you as well!

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