It’s that time of year again! National Novel Writing Month! Or NaNoWriMo for short. Or NaNo for even shorter! That most wonderful month where people try to write an entire novel in 30 days. Crazy, you say? Not really. It is 30 whole days, after all. If you’re organized, you can do it.
The final word count for “winning” NaNo is 50,000 which actually only works out to 1,666 which is absolutely doable. My books, however, never turn out to be 50,000 words. They’re usually between 80,000-115,000, depending on the genre and plot. I’m going to aim for 80,000 this year which works out to 2670 words per day.
Out of the six years that I’ve been doing NaNo, I’ve only won once, despite usually having an outline and the world/characters always put together beforehand. Why? Because I didn’t put real focus behind my work. This year is different. It’s not that I don’t have other things going on (boy, do I!), but this year I’m committed.
This year’s novel will be the sequel to my Arbiter novel. The novel is as-yet unpublished, but if you’d like to read any of the short stories, they’re up on wattpad here. It’s a contemporary/urban fantasy about a woman who has the power to make people (and Others such as vampires, fae, and banshees) tell the truth. Much like me, the main character is a
bit of a smartass. I have the outline completed and, since it’s a sequel, I already know the characters and the world, which will make things way easier. The original novel stands at 83,000 so I think my 80,000 is right on the money.
I’ll be checking in with a weekly summary post here on wordpress and then I’ll do a final check-in once the dust settles.
Are you up for the challenge? I bet you are! 1666 words a day. You can do it!