Tuesday, October 11, 2005

National Novel Writing Month

Chris Baty, author of No Plot? No Problem! instituted the idea of National Novel Writing Month (abbrieviated NaNoWriMo) beginning in a few days. The goal is for each registered aspiring writer to complete a novel during the one month of November. Those who register at the website commit to writing 50,000 words before the month ends. Blogger.com encourages participants to create a blog just for the purpose of writing this novel.

Interesting idea. I have created a blog in which to write my best-seller. I have an entry for the title and one for Chaper 1 so far. I will have to get a jump start before November begins though, since I will be unavailable to the computer during the first week of the month. Let's see now: 30 days hath September, April, June, and November.... So the contest/activity runs for 30 days.

In order to write 50,000 words in 30 days, the crazy novice would have to write 1666 words per day. If that person were to write only 25 days during the month, he/she would have to churn out 2000 words per writing-day. (I wonder how long I would sit at the computer before 2000 words tallied up on that screen?) If that unnamed novelist-wannabe were a lazy slob and managed to write only 10 days during the month, the daily requirement would rise to 5000 words per writing-day! Gulp! Why did I register, giving my name and even my picture???

It is not by accident I have not included the name and URL of my new blog!

If you'd like to read some novels that have been blogged by more confident writers, check out this site.


Colonel Corn's Camera said...

Joan, thank you for visiting Colonel Corn's Camera. I wish you well on writing a novel in a month.

mcarol49 said...

I found your book writing blog...and will be checking back occasionally. Good luck with it!