Sunday, October 31, 2010

50,000 words. 30 days. No problem.

As I look at the title of this post  I feel like screaming, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"  Because I do have a problem.

Tomorrow I, along with tens of thousands of other writers, will embark on the month long writing sprint called NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.  Now that this particular brand of insanity has been named, let me tell you my plan for the month.

Here goes...

I have no plan.  Nope.  No plan.  Nothing.
Okay, I have a character list.  And I have character sketches.  And I have backstory.  However, the plot structure is weak, at best, and I have no doubt I will write myself into several corners over the course of the month.

So why am I doing this?  That is easy.  Even if I'm not writing my best work for the entire month, if I come out of it with 50,000 words, I have 50,000 words I can work with.   Additionally, there is the community, the bond, the knowledge that I'm doing something hard and that other people are struggling and fighting for every word the same way I am. I did Nano last year and reached my 50K word goal.  The book is pretty much done and would have been finished sooner, but my big revision threw off my time table.  I'm editing last year's Nano novel now and I'm ready to start another.
So, while I may not have a real plot going into tomorrow, I do have a loose plan.

1. Stock up on coffee.

2. Plan to write at lunch.  That's 40 minutes every day to write.

3. I'm giving myself permission to write crap.

4. I'm going to seek out encouragement from others.

The last one is big for me and exciting.  I wrote on my own last year.  This year, I have buddies.  People who will encourage me when I'm procrastinating or doubting myself.  The writing network I often blog about is heading to Nano in November.

We're in this together and that's pretty awe inspiring.  So how about you?  Are you jumping into the Nano pool?  Ready to write 1700 words a day? Come on in; there are a lot of us here and we'll keep you from going under.


  1. Coffee sounds like a good plan to me. :)

    Best of NaNo luck to you!

  2. Thanks Linda. I'm home from work, I'm in comfy sweats, I have coffee, and after I quite diddling on the computer I will write.

  3. GOOD LUCK. you and your coffee mug are going to rock NaNo!

    i can't wait to hear how it progresses.

  4. Thanks, Abby! A bit over 2100 words today. Not a bad start.

  5. Jeannie, we are sooooo in this together! I just buddied you too, and I'm so excited to watch your progress. Good luck this month!

    I've given myself permission to write a less-than-perfect novel. We'll clean them up after November.

  6. Hey Jeannie how's it going? It's about the half way mark. Don't lose steam.