Novel Writing Month – 60% Left

Novel Writing Month – 60% Left

November 12th, 2010 // 11:01 am @

November is National Novel Writing Month – a personal competition to write 50,000 words — the average length of a novel. It’s a personal competition because writing is done in private and don’t necessarily have to become a published novel – or even a complete work. NaNoWroMo, its shorter yet equally not as easy to pronounce as its longer counterpart-name, takes a jump-start approach – the tag line “editing is for December” is appropriate.

I have, or hopefully had, writer’s block – it lasted for a number of years. It took a long time to recognize that I had writer’s block – the symptoms were subtle: emails would not flow as easily, my notes became shorter and less focused and, eventually, I had problems writing grocery lists (not that I wrote many to begin with). Oddly, I continued writing technical articles, documents for clients, and a lot of other stuff – yet it was all technical and relatively easy for me to produce. Creative writing came to a complete stop.

I am using NaNoWriMo to jump-start my personal writing. Before November, I started writing 750 words per day (750words.com) and am decided to give NaNoWriMo a try – it only doubles the number of words per day anyway.

About four days into it, my fear transformed into a personal reality – I could no longer write.

It’s not lost though – I’m planning for 50,000 words because some test writing has gone well. Test writing is more of a prototype – I write a few pages on a particular theme to explore the theme in more detail, extract some patterns, maybe discover some personalities or key events. I tried a number of test/prototypes and have two at this point. So, at the worst, I’ll have a novel-length non-novel. Better than zero words, and certainly better than the alternative (not having tried at all).

The official word count (in terms of words what I want to commit to a NaNoWriMo project) – 1,000. Wish me luck!


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