You may be wondering about all the NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month fuss. Wondering why anyone would even want to try to write a novel in a month or 50,000 words of anything in thirty days. At that pace, the quality will be subpar and the burnout risk is above average. Let’s be bluntly honest, the “finish” or “win” odds are pretty poor. (My own score is 50/50 win/loss.) Nonetheless, it is possible to write 2000 words a day and survive.
So why do it? For fun. Because it’s there. Because you can! Why not do it? If you start now you can still finish by the end of the month by writing about 2000 words a day.
And at a 50,000 word count, you will have made huge headway in any kind of writing project — novel, nonfiction, manuscript, memoir, thesis, journal, you name it. Just imagine that!
That quantity is do-able, if you sit your butt in the chair and type for a while each day. It really is that simple, as I mentioned to my Daily Writer Note people this morning.
No mystery. It’s just like if you go to school every year you will graduate. If you pay five bucks for a latte every weekday, that’s $25 a week. Little by little, routine quotas add up.
2000 x 25 = 50,000.
So if you are tempted to do NaNoWriMo, go ahead and sign up.
If you’d rather just write something daily, that’s fine too.
If you’d like a little daily reminder about writing as a habitual thing, you can order up the Daily Writer Notes. They’re not peppy or inspirational or prompt-y, they’re just short little notes from me to you. Best of all, the subscription is free. —> form is over there in the right sidebar or just click here to subscribe.
I’m doing the Daily Writer Notes because we all need encouragement and positive reinforcement sometimes. Not some big rulebook or ponderous lecture on theory, no magic bullet, but a tap on the shoulder that says, “You can do this!” in a gentle (but determined) way.
That’s why I subscribe, too.
Is that crazy, subscribing to my own notes?