I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year. If you haven’t heard of it, the basics are everyone signs up to try to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. That’s 1667 words a day, minimum.
I have a lot of words to write in order to make my deadline, so I figured NaNoWriMo would give me the kick in the behind that I need to make those word counts high every day. It spurs one on to see what others are doing. Since I take Sundays off, unlike many/most participants, my daily word count needed is a little higher. Four days in, I’ve fallen slightly behind schedule but am having a good day so far.
Here’s a word cloud I made from the first scene in chapter nine. I thought this would be a fun way to mark my progress.
If you think you couldn’t write 50,000 words in a month, remember all of the writers who have been doing that and more since before the computer came along. Especially back when writers got paid a penny a word. Took a lot of words to make a living.
I’ve been tweeting writing quotes. Love them. Here are a few:
“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9:00 every morning.” ~Peter DeVries
“Amateurs sit & wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up & go to work.” ~Stephen King
“If the Muse is late for work, start without her” ~Peter S. Beagle