NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org; my profile) is a challenge to write the first draft of a 50,000-word novel over the course of November. Since November has 30 days, completing the challenge requires sustaining an average of 1,667 words per day. (300 words = 1 page, so 50k words = 167 pages and 1,667 words = 5.5 pages.)

I’m participating this year, although I fully expect to fail the challenge. My personal goal is to improve the consistency of my output: I want to get into the habit of writing a modest but meaningful amount each day. If I’m writing at half or one third the speed required to complete NaNoWriMo on time, then so be it.

So far, I’ve written 2,900 words in 6 days, or 480 words per day average… which doesn’t sound too bad, as it’s roughly in the range I was hoping for (if a little low). Unfortunately, the number is skewed by an unusually productive day, and the truth is that I got no writing done this weekend. Up until now, my strategy for dealing with writer’s block on a given chapter has been to skip ahead to the next chapter, with the hope of coming back to the incomplete chapter after I have things more fleshed out. Unfortunately, I found myself blocked on what I wanted the next chapter to be, so things aren’t looking pretty at the moment.

Next up: I’m going to take a step back, try to figure out where I want things to go, then forge ahead on Monday.