tomorrow starts national novel writing month, otherwise known as nanowrimo. this will be the third year that i've attempted to write a 50,000 word (heh. for a moment i typed page) novel. it ends up being 1666.6 words a day, which may or may not sound like much to you, but this entire post is only (369) words long and took me about 25 minutes to compose. so yeah. it's a chunk of time, even if you can type like a fiend and can just pour the writing out of you. and that never, ever happens when you want it to. smarty-smart me made a lovely xls file that not only tracks my progress, but re-calcuates my words per day needed to meet the goal based on how many words i've written so far. it can get discouraging after a few days of 500ish words when you know you've suddenly got to start churning out 2500 word days if you hope to make it. the first year i started out fairly strong (for about 5 or 6 days) and then got stuck. the second year (last) i couldn't even get my idea off the ground and started writing a few random things before abandoning the process entirely. this year, however, i'm a step ahead. i've already got a (legally allowed) outline for my story that is 12+ chapters long and i have a good idea where it goes from there. the trouble may be getting it all wrapped up in 30 days. i've never finished a story before. my largest effort is currently hovering around 96K words, and it's only about 2/3 complete. it has large, gaping holes and i have no way to connect the pieces, which is why it's been repeatedly abandoned, but it's there, a 1+ MB file of original words, if not necessarily original characters. anyway, yeah, i've got an edge this year. i spent some time a few days ago looking at some of the story ideas i've fleshed out into an outline and found one i think i like well enough right now to spend a month with it. so, if you don't hear from me until december, you know why. :)


At 11/04/2005 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous will said...

is there anything we can do to assist? i really want to read it, if i bothered you daily would that increase its chances to get done?


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