Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Can I Do It Again??

I'm going to write 50,000 words in ONE month. Is it possible? YES!! The reason I know is because I wrote over 66,000 last year. All those words in one month.

The reason I did it - I'M NUTS. Beside that (some of you a nodding your heads), the leader of my Monday night writer's group came upon a book written by Chris Baty called, "No Plot? No Problem! He calls November - NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month). Twenty of us took on the challenge of writing 50,000 words(equivalent to a novel) in one month and 15 of us finished.

Is the book I wrote publishable (I'm not sure that's a word)? NO!!! One of my problems while writing was I didn't figure out until Day 21 (when I did a synopsis) what my book was about. I think this year I'll come up with that important piece of the puzzle before my fingers hit the keyboard the first day.

Chris suggests you just put words down and make sure you shut your internal editor off. JUST WRITE (or type) WORDS and you can go back later and make sense of them.

Another thing Chris tells you to do before you start your novel - tell EVERYONE what you're doing. This way people will ask about the project and hopefully will keep each of us on track to finish on time.

In just a few days you can ask me how many words I have. I promise I won't get cranky or delete you from my address book. Please keep me accountable. THANKS!!!


P.S. I promise I'll post my ups and downs of writing so many words on my blogspot. Did I just promise I type more words - oh no. HELP ME!!!!