So, for the first time, after much prompting from my wonderful fiancée, I finally worked up the nads to participate in November’s Nanowrimo event, where a few hundred thousand writers around the world endeavor to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
I was pretty excited to finally be writing for Nanowrimo for the first time. I had participated in ways in the past, treating Nano more as a writer’s holiday where I work on a current literary project every day, sometimes with a word count of 800 words per day. In doing that, it took me…oh, about 3 years…to complete the first draft of a novel. So I read books about Nanowrimo (Including No Plot? No Problem! written by the event’s founder,) I created character profiles and an outline for a story I’d been thinking about on and off since high school. The average word per day to complete 50,000 words by November 30th was a bit over 1,600, so I bumped it up to an even 2,000 words per day. It was thrilling! But at the same time, I was terrified. 50,000 words in 30 days sounded completely insane, especially since it took me so long to write my first novel. Still, by my birthday, I was chomping at the bit to get started.