November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for only slightly shorter. The aim of the game is to get down a legible 50,000 words, which means completing an average of 1,667 words per day for thirty days. I’ve failed (drastically) once before, but 50k would bring me past the finish line of the first draft of Novel No.2. Can it be done?
Well based on the evidence I’ve generated so far, I’d have to say no.
Day 5 | Friday 5th November
The word of the day is… ugh. Now – does anyone have another 1,666 of them?
Today went something like this:
7.45am: Wake up.
8.45am: Get up.
8.46am: Coffee preparation. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf House Blend in a one cup filter belgique.
8.57am: Morning rounds. Yahoo mail, Gmail account, other Gmail account, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Twitter again, Yahoo mail again, Novel Rank, Amazon DTP, Perez Hilton, TMZ, Google News, Twitter, repeat as required.
9.45am: Get dressed.
10.10am: Coffee preparation. Decide to open the Dunkin Donuts House Blend and make it in the french press as this will waste more time.
10.35am: I’ll just check Twitter…
11.15am: Open NaNo MS file. Start to write.
11.25am: Was that the postman?
11.26am: Read mail.
11.30am: I’ll just check Twitter…
12.15pm: Back to MS.
12.27pm: Isn’t it cold in here?
12.35pm: Move some stuff around. Note to self: cutting and pasting does not increase word count.
12.46pm: I’ll just check Twitter…
[Disappears down rabbit hole after following interesting link]
2.15pm: Coffee preparation. Back to the filter belgique.
2.28pm: Back to MS.
2.29pm: I’ll just check Twitter…
5.16pm: It’s past five? Really? Where does the time go?
5.23pm: Close MS. There’s always tomorrow. Well, until November 30th anyway.
Look what I found today: NaNo-generated stats. De. Press. Ing.
Day 6 | Saturday 6th November
Now maybe I’m a bit slow to catch on, but it was only today I realized that the progress bar in the word count widget (above right) is red in color because I’m behind. It’d be nice to see it green – does it go green? – before the end of the month.
It’s not happening today though. I managed 1,744 words but as I have now gone two of the last six days without writing, I’m waaaay behind.
Day 7 | Sunday 8th November
Managed 0.00 words today (that’s a Bronx Beat reference) but I have three rock solid excuses:
- Reading the Sunday newspapers took up nearly all of my morning
- The Brazilian grand prix was on for the whole afternoon
- The X-Factor results show absorbed the majority of my evening.
I’ve had a mini break-through though, which has me feeling hopeful about next week: I’ve realized the beginning of my novel is in entirely the wrong place. Does that mean the 8k or so words I’ve written this far are now basically useless? Yes.
But let’s not dwell on that…