It’s November 1st and the start of the fiendish and fiendishly popular Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month. I am campaigning to rename it Internanowrimo, since we are not all United States citizens who participate, but so far the Office of Letters and Light have resisted.
Last year I wrote a novel during this month – or at least most of it. It was good writing practice. We all do Nanowrimo for our own reasons, but for me it was because I spell Procrastination with a capital P and have several little shrines to it throughout my apartment. I even have two live in procrastination assistants, one of whom is sitting on my lap now, blocking access to my keyboard as he pushes his head onto my typing arm or the keyboard itself. On the other hand, he makes it hard for me to get up and putter about this way. When he’s off duty, Dora comes and sits on my arm…
But I’m determined. So, this November, I’m taking a different approach. I have a novel to finish, plus various other writing deadlines to meet. My plan is to use the Nanowrimo framework to guarantee I write 50,000 words this month, on whatever project. That means roughly 2000 words a day, and that will up my production considerably. I’ll enter each bit as I go, totalling up the numbers. With luck, by the end of November, I’ll have a body of work and a writing habit established.
Wish me luck! Or better still, join me. I’m Hyacinthh on the Nanowrimo site – c’mon along and be a writing buddy – we can work to the end point together!