Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NaNoWriMo - 2009

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Yeah you… be honest now. You know you have a story to tell. Well here is your chance. November is National Novel Writing month. NaNoWriMo is a writing competition in which the participants attempt to write 50, 000 words between Nov 1st and Nov 30. It would be approximately the equivalent of 175 pages. This year I am doing it.

I know what you are thinking now, just a little crazy! Yeah maybe so, but it is something I have wanted to do since I first heard of the competition several years ago. But, I was always too busy with life or something. This year is no exception. November will be crazy for me again. It is the last month of fall semester and my projects will be due. I also will be updating my resume and looking for a full time job again. However, I am not going to let any of that stop me this year.

My plan is to try to write approximately 1750 to 2000 words a day. I know there will be days where I cannot write that much because of homework and other obligations. But perhaps there will also be days that I can write more.

I will update my progress weekly for Good News Wednesday and daily on my blog. Feel free to push me if you see me slacking. I am realistic enough to know that my chances of writing 50,000 words in 30 days are not good. In the first year of the competition, 1999, there were only 21 participants. Of those 21 only 6 finished with the required amount. Last year 119,301 people participated and 21,683 were successful. But for me it is not about winning. At this point in my life I am beginning to see the years go by too quickly. I don’t want to someday be wishing that I had done something more. I want to be able to say I did it.

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