Monday, November 2, 2009
NaNoWrimo? Sorry... not for me
What is NanoWriMo?
Well, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It's a . . . um . . . sort of writing challenge. The basic gist is to write 50,000 words in one month - the equivalent of writing a novella.
No preparation is required. A writer sits his/her butt down in the chair and starts typing as they throw plot outlines, editing, and revising out the window. Writers sign up under their real names (or whatnot) and people can check in on their progress. There are no actual prizes except the knowledge of pushing oneself into focusing and completing the story. A writer will come to realize their limits and overall desire (or not) for the task.
Hm? No, I have never participated in NaNoWriMo. I find it too limiting. I checked the word count for everything I had written in the past four months. I came up with the estimate of 186,000 words - an average of 46,500 words a month. This includes editing and revisions.