Nick Signed Up For NaNoWriMo!!
By Nick P.
So on Tuesday, November 1st, I, along with thousands of others, embark on a journey to write a novel in the month of November. That’s what NaNoWriMo stands for, National Novel Writing Month, which is the month of November.
It seems like a daunting task when you first look at it, because the total word count for the month is 50,000 words. Yes, that does seem like a big number, especially when you are used to writing 500-1000 blog posts, with pictures to help you tell the story.
Yet I am undaunted to this task. I have been thinking about writing a book for years, and only recently gotten the itch so strong, that I need to scratch it. I also decided to see what that big number would be if I broke it down.
Here’s how it looks broken down:
Overall Count: 50,000 words
Weekly Count: 12,500 words
Daily Count: 1,667 words
So when you look at it in this way, it’s not so daunting at all.
Plus, when I break it down and look at it in this way, it helps me to set up milestones, which are much more achievable for me.
It’s all about setting up S.M.A.R.T. goals.
So for this formula, I have the goal to write 1700 words a day. I believe that is a very S.M.A.R.T. goal for a daily basis.
However, I also know that it may not happen that way.
I have spoken to a few writers who say that they want to set a specific word count, and they either go well over it for the day, when the Muse is on them, or they struggle mightily when they are just trying to get a sentence out.
I don’t expect to be a prolific writer as I work towards the goal of getting the rough draft of my first book ever, but I do know that if I can achieve progress every day, that I will be moving closer to the mark.
It’s all about progress and growth.
I didn’t see myself writing a book at the beginning of the year when I set goals, however, that’s what life’s about. Setting goals when you see the opportunity to achieve something you’ve always wanted to do.
So, what are my goals for NaNoWriMo?
I have three goals:
Write Every Day – Writing every day, even those days when I do not feel the ‘Muse’ on me, will help me to write even stronger on those days when the ‘Muse’ is on me and it flows.
Realize What I Write Is Not The Finished Product – I have to understand that I will probably edit this book down by at least a third after writing it through the month, and be okay with that. In fact, I just need to focus on writing it all down, and now worrying about editing. That will be later.
Set Boundaries on Writing Time – When I sit down to write, be intentional about having everyone understand that is my writing time. No interruptions, turn off the cell phone, just me and the music, and the muse. That also means for me that there’s no Facebook, no other thing but writing.
Will I achieve the goal of 50,000 words?
I sure do hope so.
However, if I come up short, but have a large chunk of a book written down, I will still feel like I accomplished something, and will continue to work on finishing that book.
My ultimate goal, however, is to get the rough draft of the book written down.
The working title?
The Life and Times of an Ordinary Guy
This book will be written, one story, one chapter at a time.
I feel very grateful and blessed that I get the opportunity to write a book.
Let’s begin telling the story.
Please come encourage me, and let me know that you’re looking forward to hearing how this story is told!