As I am sure every writer in the world is aware, November is almost upon us, and that means… NaNoWriMo
I know that a lot of my friends are taking part, and even those that will not still see November as a writing / editing month and will do something to honor it.
I have not planned my NaNo entry as of yet. I have a rough idea, and as I always like to do, I know the end. How I’ll get there is up to my twisted mind to decide. I am confident that all will go well, and more ready for the challenge… Are you?
Anyway, as the title of the post would suggest, I am once again contemplating something that would be a very large undertaking. It is a challenge, and I never met a challenge I didn’t at least fight to the bitter end.
I am thinking about writing two NaNo entries… of sorts, simultaneously. Allow me to elaborate.
I have a story to tell, and 1500 words a day will, I think be rather manageable. But on top of that, I have this site to run. If I have learned anything over the 20 months I have been running it, it is that if I do not post, I do not get many hits. I have been on a blogging role recently averaging well over 100 visitors a day and have been collecting new followers at a rate that may have me thinking I know what I am doing before too long. I don’t really want to stop blogging or cut back and effectively nullify all my hard work…. hence my idea.
A NaNo Diary
The premiss is simple, a diary detailing my writing exploits as I journey the NaNo course. The highs and the lows, the thoughts and struggles of combining writing, work and family life. That way I don’t have to waste time thinking about a blog post, or worry about when to post it, I can simply write my ‘diary’ and things will at least keep ticking over, my name will not be forgotten. Besides, maybe I could hit 1500 words a day on that too. I will not push the word count on this post, but would want at least 1000 words a day and as I said, would like to hit the NaNo standard. It would be fitting if nothing else.
Maybe it is too much, maybe I am nuts, it is quite possible, but in any case, I am sure it will be a fun ride.
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I think you might be on to something there, whether or not you achieve the dual goal.
Life always gets in the way of a good time, particularly when NaNoWriMo looms, and you have circumvented a lot of the ensuing issues by admitting that you have other stuff to do, and by way of scheduling that “stuff” as part of the Nano Project you have immediately negated the power of the “other stuff” monster.
Well done… It looks like I’m going to have to miss out this year, as I’m 20,000 in to my next project as it is, and I’m not sure that I’d like to flog it out to 75000 words.
Next year maybe.
My last book (published in June this year) was the result of the NaNo writing experience. I love the process…
I love NaNo, I did not do it last year, but now I cannot wait. I think admitting that there are problems or rather bumps in the road saves a lot of time, being aware of them rather then ignoring them until it is too late helps you plan a lot better.
That’s a great idea Alex. I know I’ll be struggling to keep up with blogging and nano at the same time but at least I only blog 3 times a week so that will help. Not sure I could do a nano diary. Snippets here and there maybe but… I’m just not a diary person. Goodluck!