National Writing Month Starts in November!

National Writing Month Starts in November.  You can find lots of details at nanowrimo.org but to summarise the idea is write 50,000 words in the month of November.  That figure sounds huge.  It is a novel, though the average tends to be a little higher for most published works (but that is another post).  I wish I could say that I knew I could write 50,000 words in a month but with a full time job, a family and a little bit of a social life the challenge seems daunting.  I keep thinking that if I can squeeze in a couple of hours a day then it would be achievable.  It would certainly be fun to try no matter how many words I actually manage to do!

Looking at my life at the moment I’m trying to figure out where to fit those two hours in and I don’t see a lot of options as I’d really like to get some sleep.  Though I’ve been working on my second novel it has stalled, not through writers block but due to life getting in the way.  This seems like a great opportunity to try and push it forward but I don’t feel confident enough to make such a bold step.  Instead I’ve decided to tweak the challenge to my own personal circumstances and instead of it being a pure writing exercise I’m going to attempt to edit 50,000 words which would mean my first novel Maltese Heart would take a quantum leap forwards and be one step closer to being ready for publication.

In practical terms (writing or editing) that means 1,667 words a day.  When you break it down a bit then it doesn’t seem quite as bad.  Now I have one more day to prepare myself and the we shall see how things progress…