Friday, October 30, 2009

NaNoWriMo - Novel in a Month - What Have I Done?

Write a novel of 50 000 words in one month. Sounds easy so I subscribed and joined the thousands of other writers, both published and not, in this challenge. The easy part disappeared as soon as I started making calculations.

At least 1700 words every day for a month. Those writing daily will tell you this is ludicrous to try to fit into a daily work schedule. It only has to be a first draft, but at that rate, most of what you write is going to be absolute crap. If I only knew what to write about!

This week I set out to finish the WIP (also a first draft and in Afrikaans) I only had to do 14 000 odd words in the week, but with a stiff neck and aching fingers, so far I managed 2500 words for the week. Moreover, tomorrow is the 31st!

Lots of coffee and at least two late nights will show how far I will get with the nanowrimo challenge.

To top it all - Suite 101 has a challenge related to the nanowrimo month. 30 articles in 30 days. Don't know if I will get to that one, but I am sure going to try. Need to get to the 100-article mark anyway.

For the next couple of weeks, expect many complaints about the progress of the novel (un-plotted and unknown at this stage).

Oh, and we have 11 African Grey eggs still in the nests with a suspicion that two already hatched. Will let you know.

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