Friday, October 04, 2002

Because you asked

I’ve started talking about NaNoWriMo with friends and that inevitably leads to questions. So here are a few that might interest you:

How are you going to write 50,000 words in 30 days?
    Well, I’m not. I’m going to write them in about 22 days. Thanksgiving takes up the entire last week of the month for me, so I’m planning on finishing early.

You’re not serious, are you?
    Yeah, I am. 50,000 words in about 20 days. I’m a binge writer. I’m figuring it’ll take me a couple of days to ramp up, maybe 2,000 a day for the first three days. After that, it’s 5K days. A day or two after that, I get cocky and slow down. Then around 35,000 words, I’m gonna hit a bump. Expect lots of whining in this forum about that. I’ll get frustrated and go back and start editing some problem areas in the book. This’ll be regarded by all as a huge mistake. You’re not supposed to look back ... you just keep plowing through. But I won’t listen and after finding that there was a plot incongruity in chapter five and rewriting it completely, I’m able to get back on track and finish, albiet late for me, on the 24th. I’ll spend the rest of the month hopping from cafe to cafe, taunting the poor souls who are struggling at 40K with only two days left.

How exactly are you going to write it?
    At the moment, I’m planning on Microsoft Word. I’ll start at the beginning of the novel ... with a prologue and then the first chapter. I’ll have little notecards with some key elements to remind me (since it is a period piece and I’ll need to remember a few dates and such).

I’ll work an abbreviated schedule at the office ... getting off around 4:00 and heading to a coffee house with my laptop. Each day I’ll open the previous day’s file and save it as a new one (so as to never lose more than a days work). I’ll log my time and words on a detailed little spreadsheet and update my website faithfully. I will be a completely different person. With discipline and grace ...

Wait a second, you’re going to become a wonderful person while you’re writing your novel, but you just said you were going to taunt writers who were falling behind?
    Okay. Maybe not. I can guarantee I’ll be inconsistent. That’s one thing you can depend on.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:06 pm     NaNoWriMo

  1. This is a really awesome feature!  Fun & interesting.  I hope to see more of it in the future.  smile

    Comment by Carrie on 10/10/07 at 7:43 am


  2. what can you tell me about the powerhouse candy bar?  thank you.

    Comment by lynne on 10/19/07 at 2:59 am


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