Approximately 19 hours…
I am a NaNoWriMo Newbie. I’ve been fortunate to find some incredibly supportive fellow writers who are engaging in this endeavor or who are rooting from the sidelines, and for that, I am supremely thankful.
My worksheets are complete. This worksheet business is new for me. I’ve tried creating a schedule for NaNoWriMo writing. I KNOW I won’t be able to write every day on the new novel. So, I’ve estimated 20 days in November that I will dedicate myself to working on the new NaNoWriMo novel (I do have a title – that’s a step in the right direction?!) Cora and Nelson: The Journey.
20 days of writing to make 50,000 words. 2500 words per day for 20 days.
I am putting a lot of stock in what happens tomorrow – if I get more than 2500 words, I will consider it a supreme success, a good omen of things to come for NaNoWriMo (I have stopped referring to it as November and have replaced the name of the month with NaNoWriMo – people have started looking at me like I am even crazier than they first suspected. I’m fine with it.) If, however, horror of horrors, I don’t make 2500 words tomorrow, doom and gloom, harbinger of inadequacy. So, really, no pressure…
If nothing else, this preparation period in October (pre-NaNoWriMo is just too much to say) has shown me how much room for improvement I have in the area of discipline in my writing. Hint: LOTS of room. How many times have I read and heard from established writers that the only way to be a successful writer is to …(wait for it)… WRITE and to write on a regular, frequent basis.
So, here’s a little Europe for you, a little Final Countdown to take over your brains, and personally, I’m saying a little prayer of thankfulness (that other thing that happens in NaNoWriMo – Thanksgiving) that this is not the look for our rockers any more.