Alright, alright, before all my fellow aspiring authors and authoresses jump on me for blasphemy, allow me to explain myself.
I like NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those of you out of the loop) and the challenge it poses, (write a 50k word novel in the span of a month) this year I just can’t swing it. Every year I say I’m going to, like a bad New Year’s Resolution, that this year I’ll really crack down and plow ahead, regardless of the outcome!
I do have the NaNoWriMo Writer Daemon app for the iPhone (I’m not sure if it is available for android, but if it is, I fully recommend) and what’s so great about it is that (it has a cute little demon cheering you on) you can re-set it every month. I have another word count app that tracks total progress, which is also awesome. I think that one is just called Word Count Tool. Don’t quote me on that.
Anyway, here’s why I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year (aside from the fact that I suck at it):
1. I really can not start a new project.
2. Assuming that I was going to be unofficial about it and just attempt 50k of The Book of Luke, the second reason I’m not participating in this year’s challenge is that I set simple, and realistic goals for myself. Now, when broken down, 50k is not that much. It’s about… 1,667 word per day, which, isn’t too bad.
However, for me it just isn’t realistic. My full-time job is an exceedingly exhausting position as resident mother and homemaker and there are a lot of times where I just want to stare at images on iraffiruse.net and shove spaghettios into my mouth. You know, act my age.
I do have days where I write 1,667 words, and I have days where I write 3,145 words. I’ve had a 6k word day. I also have a who lot of 0 word days and you know what? When you have 0 word days, your daily word count goes up. Sometimes way up. So now instead of needing 1,667 wpd, I need 2, then 3, then 7k words to meet my goal and whoa. That’s overwhelming.
My monthly goal is 10,000 words., obviously, 120,000 words per year, which is the estimated length for The Book of Luke. (I do intend to have the first draft completed by next summer, ready for the first edit.) That averages about 334 wpd. I love that. Most night are between 550-800 word nights, which lowers my daily goals and the past two months I have exceeded my goals which makes me feel really great! On the flip side of that, if I’m bumming out for a couple of days, the count really doesn’t rise too much.
3. I don’t have the time. This was pretty much summed up on point #2, and again, where I do allot myself the 5 hours from 7pm-12am for fiction writing, sometimes (like tonight) the house needs to be in some state of order for the cleaning guy on Sunday morning. I have Sunday School to prep for. I design custom shoes. I actually want to read books.
I see a lot of bloggers post about making their 3, 4, 5,000 daily word count goal and I have to say I have all of their backs. To be able to consistently sit there and just crank out fiction like it’s no one’s business is a thing to be admired. I just can’t do it. When it’s there it’s there and when it isn’t, it isn’t.
So for all of you using October to prep for the big event in November, know that you all have my full support (I’ll be providing free coffee all month). I will be waiting on Nov. 30th with pillows and blankets for you all to pass out on! 🙂
Me, I’ll be here plunking away for my 10k and when I surpass that I’ll be dancing around that I’m ahead of schedule.
Rock on, folks. 🙂