Autumn has arrived in Portland and I am greatly enjoying it. We’ve had some sunny weekend days, but I personally like the misty, rainy days as well. If nothing else, they’re certainly better for being productive. With November fast approaching, however, it’s time for writers to make a critical decision.
November is National Write a Novel Month, or NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write so much every day that at the end of the month you have a novel. It’s a great idea, and it’s good for writers to have such a concrete goal. A novel can be an intimidating prospect and this is one of the better ways of confronting it.
I don’t think I can participate, however. I’m a slow writer, averaging 1000-2000 words a day on a good day. I revise a lot, and write everything non-sequentially. There’s not really time for thinking in NaNoWriMo, which is the point of course, but I don’t want to spend a month writing something that is either worthless or will take another couple months of extensive edits.
My personal goal, however, is to write 4 stories in the 2000-3000 word range. One a week, on average. I’m mostly writing long-hand these days, so it will be fun to see if I can do it. And for all those foolish, er, brave enough to write their novels next month, good luck!