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Monday, October 24, 2011

NaNoWriMo is only

7 days and counting

I did it. I finally signed up for National Novel Writing Month, am I scared? terrified? thinking I might poop my pants?

Yes, all of the above.

But, I'm also really excited to do it. I've heard about NaNoWriMo for years, and always envied those people doing it, but never thought it would be me, but now I have my 1st novel drafted and Mara is ready to sit for a little bit, do some digesting, and get some new eyes in December. Meanwhile, I'm going to attempt the amazing feat of writing 50,000 words in 1 month. Not only that, but I'm also giving birth to baby number 4 (due Nov. 3) so I'm setting some lofty goals for myself. Hoping I can figure out a way to sling my little guy so I can have lots of hands free baby holding at the computer.

4 of the ladies in my writing group are doing NaNoWriMo and one of my local writer friends as well, so I'm excited to keep up with people I actually know! Hopefully we'll buoy each other up and make this a really good experience.

So, for those of you mathematically challenged, November has 30 days.
50,000 words/ 30 days =1666 words per day

With Mara I made myself write 1000 words per day minimum and often 2000 and I discovered it was possible for me to write that much, but, no Sunday writing and I'm sure to not be writing on baby day and probably not the day after either, so that's 6 days minimum I won't be writing so:

50,000 words/24 days =2083 words per day

Can I do it? We're about to find out . . .

Wish me luck! And let me know if you're doing NaNoWriMo too.