Yes, after faffing about for a couple of years, I’ve finally decided to have a go at this National Novel Writing Month malarky (actually, it should be International Novel Writing Month by now, surely?).
The question is: can I pump out a 50,000 word novelette in just 30 days?
My good friend Don't Feed the Pixies did exactly that a couple of years ago, and produced a highly readable and thrilling story, which I personally think he needs to go back to and brush up with a view towards publication - jus' sayin'.
I need to knock out at least 1,667 words a day on average for 30 days to get there.
Doesn’t sound too bad when you say it like that, does it? It can take me 1,000 words just to get warmed-up sometimes.
Mind you, I’ve already managed to miss one whole day through having to go to work then having to go to a KT Tunstall gig (which was brilliant, in case you were wondering), so now I need to catch up if I’m to stay on track. I've created a spreadsheet to track my progress and everything.
If anybody asks, yesterday was a planning day, ok?
The story I'm going with is one that has been kicking around in my head for years, but about which I have never so much as jotted down a single note on paper. I’m already abuzz with thoughts of possible interesting (I hope) characters to plonk into my story. It will be Science Fiction, set in the far-ish future (saves piddling about with boring research) and will be a kind of murder mystery suspense-y thing.
NaNoWriters are, I believe, allowed to do a little planning before 1st November, but the actual writing itself must wait until the first day.
I’ve had a poke about on the NaNoWriMo website and there are forums where you can discuss your ideas, get help with plot holes, etc. This part of it looks quite interesting, and I particularly like the ‘Adoption Centre’ forum where people leave ideas for character names, funny lines, etc., for others to pick up and use.
I’ve now actually written the first couple of paragraphs (127 words) and am itching to do more, but I have to work.