Here we write again. NOVELmber is almost here, which means thousands—maybe millions—of writers across the world will challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
Are you onboard? Are you up for the challenge?
The last time I participated was in 2015. Since then, my schedule hadn’t aligned with the challenge but this year, it does. I’m working towards finishing the 3rd book in the Castle Keepers series, Revelation Stones. As of last night, it was 43,334 words complete. I have about another 90,000 to go.
I’m also writing Project M, which is turning out to be a full fantasy novel, not the short story I expected. I’m debating on where it will fit in with the Castle Keepers series. Technically, it is book 4, but I’m leaning towards it being the first book in another series. It intertwines with The Land of Ath-o’Lea but can lead to additional stories not related. Time will reveal its purpose. So far, 10,183 words have been written.
Writing 50,000 words is simple. Just write 1,667 words a day. Ha, ha.
I understand this is tough for many writers, but it can be done if the universe doesn’t collapse and the month of November is dedicated to the task.
Personally, I plan to write at least 667 words for Project M and 1,000 words for Revelation Stones. I’ve never tackled two books this size at the same time, so it will be interesting.
So far, I’ve been writing both since October 17th. Project M was a new project, and Revelation Stones was 31,244 words written. Since then, I’ve added a total of 22,680 words to the novels. That’s an average of 1,745 words a day. I need only to sustain this for the next 33 days.
One tip I live by is to write every day. Even if it’s only 100 words, this keeps the story moving and fresh in my head. I also make writing a priority. I write before I answer email. I write before I read a book, before I watch a movie, sometimes before I eat breakfast. The only thing it doesn’t come before is my six hours of work a day (Monday to Friday) and my kid’s bare essential needs.
In 2015, I wrote a series of posts to help writers keep on track during NaNoWriMo. They include:
In the post above One Week from NOVELmber, I discuss daydreaming. I can’t stress the importance of this. How can I write more than 2,000 words a day with ease? Because I watch the movie first.
Every night – every night! – I play the scene I’m going to write the next day in my head. I’ve done this all my life, so I’m a natural. I run several scenarios, getting actors to perform for me. Once I’m satisfied with the ‘show’, I go to sleep. When I wake the next morning, the first thing I do is replay the movie in my head. At the computer, I scribble down a few notes, then I write. I never have to stare at a blank screen and think, “What’s next?” I’ve already done the work, and I’m just recording the scene.
Since I’m writing two books, I create two scenes a night. I love doing this, so it’s not difficult for me.
For another round of helpful tips and advice about writing during NaNoWriMo, visit Nova Scotia author, Sherry D. Ramsey’s website for her series on surviving NaNoWriMo. Start with Survive and Thrive during NaNoWriMo (part 1).
Sign up to officially participate in NaNoWriMo here. I am Scotia Gold.
Are you participating this year? Is this your first time?