NaNoWriMo is a demented, unrelenting, insane way to write a book, and November, the 2010 NaNoWriMo, is one month away. It’s time to start planning now! 50,000 words in a month. You can’t do it on 1000 words a day. But you can do it with 2000, which is terrifying because it sounds doable.
As The Last Pendragon started out as my 2008 NaNoWriMo novel and Cold My Heart was NaNoWriMo 2010, I believe it is well worth the attempt. However, I didn’t bother with any of those pesky daily wordcounts in either outing. The first time around, I wrote 15,000 words in 5 days and gave it up as a lost cause. 2 1/2 weeks later, I had a brainwave, and with the urging of my writing partner, wrote 35,000 words in 6 days. That was insane.
The next year, unlike the previous year, I actually had a fairly complete outline and a plan before I started (that’s why you need to start working on it now!) and wrote 50000 words in 12 days. Not quite as nuts as my daughter, who has done it in 4, but . . .
Of course, that’s not a real book. It’s not even half a book, even if you have an actual word count, because it’s quick and dirty and really bad. But that’s okay. The point is to write as much as you can as quick as you can, to get a chunk of a book under your belt, if only to prove you can, and then slow it down and revise and expand later.
The web page is here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
It says the new site will launch by the end of the week (Oct. 1). I love it. Can’t wait.
Anybody care to join me?