September 10th, 2009

Shall I do NaNoWriMo this year? How nuts am I?

 I think I am going to attempt the National Novel Writing Month this year. I've wanted to do it before, but just never did. I have a pretty solid idea for--get this--a "mainstream/literary" story that requires at least 50K words to tell, and I think I'm going to do it. I have been assured that if I maintain a pace of 1667 words/day for the month, I will "win" by reaching the 50K goal. That's an easy word-count to meet or beat if I am approaching it with a plan and actually do it every day. I probably really need to average more like 2000 to 2500 per day, though because I don't think 50K gets this story that I am imagining really finished. And I want it to be complete by the end of it.  

I need to work this word count goal into a schedule that is already quite full with zine-editing, blogging and other M-Brane-related projects. Oh and there's that fucking day job, sleeping, and junk like that, too. I think good practice will be using October to finish Draft One of of Shame finally, a sort of test-month where I really make myself meet a certain word count on a single project every day. It can be done.