National Novel Writing Month sweeps around the globe and starts very close to me here in Australia. In some places, it’s already started, but here, it’s less than 1 hour away, and I’m wondering if I’m going to be staying up for a midnight start.
For anyone in the writing community who hasn’t stumbled across it yet, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an event that, last year, was celebrated, participated in, dreaded and lauded across the globe by over 250,000 writers, myself included.
The basic tenet of NaNoWriMo is the attempt to write a novel, or perhaps more accurately a novella in the month of November. The suggested word target is 50,000 words, or 1667 a day for 30 days.
Personally, I throw the guidelines out the window and aim for 2000 words a day and plow on with whatever writing project I’m currently working on, and this year, for the third time, I will be working on Prophecy, in this case, on the third draft, which I am happy to report is the first draft I’m happy with.
Now if you’re like me, and would like some visual encouragement, I’ve put together a tracking sheet for NaNoWriMo 2012 for rebels like me. Of course, it’s pretty much just like my 2011 spreadsheet, but if you’d like ready made for you, you can download it via the link below.
As per my annual tradition, during November, word count comes first to just about everything. I apologise in advance if I’m unresponsive, and I will do my best to catch up when I slow down in December. Until then, see you on the other side, and if you’re being as crazy as I am and diving into the writing, feel free to add me as a buddy.