I’ve written before about how badly I got on with NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Each November loads of people sign up to a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I wonder what proportion succeed. I’m guessing it’s a pretty low number.
Anyway, while social media is awash with New Year’s Resolutions, which I hate almost as much as New Year’s Eve, I had an idea: I have loads of ideas and unfinished novels, so what about trying to write a novel not in a month, but in a YEAR.
It works out to 137 words a day. Much more realistic than NaNoWriMo’s 1613 words a day. And this is a leap year, so you can take a whole day off. Call that New Year’s Day and you can start tonight.
With NaNoWriYo you write 600 fewer words in a week than NaNoWriMo would have you write in a day.
Sure, a year sounds like a long time, but it’s about 7 years since I actually completed any proper fiction writing, so what’s another year?
C’mon we can do this! Fire up your word processor, get typing. Then stop almost immediately. It’ll feel great. I’ve even knocked up a web page to show how many words you should have written on any particular day of the year.
Off we go…
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— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) July 30, 2013