It’s the month of November and time for the writing frenzy known as NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – where writers try to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month.

Since I’ve been collecting statistics on my word count per hour for years, I know that 50,000 words in a month would be close to a full-time job for me. At least it would be given my style of writing.

I tried a word war with a friend last weekend (you set a timer for a given amount of time and see who can write the most words), and it was a lot of fun. I wrote 700 words in 20 minutes. (We tied, BTW.) So it turns out that I could perhaps produce 50,000 words in a month without it being a full time job.

However, I’m used to doing a lot more word crafting while I’m writing, and I’m not at all satisfied with this dashed-off 700 words. Further, I actually enjoy doing the word crafting, and I missed being able to play with the words while writing. So my task for the week was to turn last weekend’s words into words that I was happy with before going on to write new stuff.

For those who get something out of NaNoWriMo, more power to you, and the best of luck in reaching your goal. Me, I’m not doing NaNo, I’m doing WriMo – “Write More!”

Happy NaNo!

To all those participating in National Novel Writing Month: good luck!

In spite of having a novel-length project ready to start, I will not be participating this year.  This year is the first year I’ve tracked both words and hours, so I know that writing the 1700 words a day required for NaNo would be a full time job for me, and I already have a full time job [1].  Further, I know that I have never written that many words in a day, even when I was deeply involved in a project.  So reaching the goal would require a radical change in my writing process, and it’s not a change that I either need or desire to make.

However, since it is National Novel Writing Month, I will be working on the novel-length project, plodding along at my 250 word/hour pace.  I won’t be crossing the finish line with all the NaNo hares, but I hope to cross it eventually, turtle-style.


[1] And I am very relieved that the government reopened so I could keep my job.  If the government had stayed closed, I was planning on making NaNo my full time job and seeing how that worked out.  I’m glad to not be doing that experiment.