National Novel Writing Month.
Write 50,000 original words between November 1st and 30th.
It’s an average of a little less than 1700 words per day for 30 days.
If you submit 50,000 words before midnight on the 30th, you win. If you don’t, you don’t.
Or as I see it: if I don’t, I lose.
I participated in 2010, 2011, and 2013. All wins. I considered myself too busy last year. Maybe next year, I said. It wasn’t worth the risk of losing.
Again this year, I began to say the same thing. Way too busy. Too many irons in the fire. Two books in the process of editing. No way to get more writing done. I don’t want to not win.
It sounded familiar. I was losing without even trying. I’d rather not win by not writing enough than lose by default.
So I’m in. I started today and have about 1400 words written so far. I’ll get back to it tonight.
I have no intentions of losing. And at the end of this month, I’ll have the base of a new novel.
“If it needs to be done, do it.”
I’ll keep you up to date.