Good morning everyone! As you can tell from the title, NaNoWriMo is one my mind (I gave up on my sanity years ago:) ). For those of you that don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, its official name is National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event where writers of all ages and skill levels come together to write a 50k book during the 30 days of November. For me, it’s the perfect kick in the pants I need sometimes to stop making excuses for certain projects. That leads me to my plans for this year.
For better or worse, I’m planning to work on three novels this year. That’s right. I’m hoping to write 150k for NaNoWriMo 2014. I’ve even figured out my writing schedule (Given how I can’t stick to an outline, this should prove very interesting). Since I handwrite, it usually takes me two to four hours to write a chapter of ten to fourteen pages ranging from 2500 to 3800 words. If I’m really moving, I can write five pages an hour, so, going by those estimates, I will be attempting to write twelve hours a day with an hour break between each run to rest my eyes, brain, and get some food.
I know, you’re sitting there saying I’m (colorful adjective) crazy and/or stupid. As much as I’d like to, I can’t argue with you on that. You see, my muse never stops with ideas and three in particular refuse to go anywhere even when I write them down so I figure why not and work on them all? I’ve mentioned my machine mode before, so it is very possible I can pull this off. The biggest problem will be losing my mind, but since it ran off years ago, I have nothing to worry about.
In all seriousness, I know this is going to be an extreme test for me and that’s why I want to attempt it. I love to push myself and this gives me the perfect opportunity to do that. Now, do I honestly think I’ll succeed? Nope. I’m prepared to finish with as little as 60k written, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to go into it with every intention of pulling it off. I can be extremely stubborn and hate to fall short of my goals so I’m crossing my fingers, stocking up on sleep and coffee, and getting the fingers loosened up for all the writing coming my way.
This is my insane endeavor, how about you? Do you have any particular idea you go into NaNo with to push your limitations?