National Novel Writing Month

A little over 2 years ago while I was on retreat I had an idea for a novel. I started writing it but after I came home life got in the way and although I did a bit every now and then it got put aside after a while.

I’ve always wanted to write a book so last month I set myself the goal of finishing the raw story by the end of November. Fortunately this happened to coincide with National Novel Writing Month. The target is 50,000 words in a month. You can set up a profile and enter in each day how many words you’ve written. This is displayed on a graph and it compares your stats with the average and tells you how many words a day you need to write to reach the target and what day you’ll finish if you continue at your current rate. As a mathematician all this is very pleasing to me and keeps me motivated.

In the past I would make excuses to myself for not doing it. Since the last week of October I’ve been writing every day. Even if I don’t have much time I write SOMETHING! My daily word count has ranged from as little as 400 words to over 7000. I know that if I miss a day I’m likely to miss the next and the next…. I’m currently on target to reach 50,000 words on 24th November so it would be easy for me to say I’m well with in the (self-imposed) deadline so it won’t matter if I don’t do it today, I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

Last weekend I hated it. But I still wrote anyway.

Some days I think it’s stupid. But I still write anyway.

I’ve heard the best way to get over writer’s block is to write. Fortunately I haven’t had that problem. I don’t always know what’s going to happen next in my story but that’s part of the fun, seeing how it unfolds. It’s like watching a film in my head sometimes, I just write down what I see.

If you are writing too and feel like giving up – don’t! Coaching may help too.


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