Are you participating in NaNo this year? Not sure what NaNo is? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which I will shorten to NaNo here, during NaNo, the idea is to challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in just 30 days – that’s not as scary as it sounds as it only works out to 1,667 words per day, which I usually find to be around 2 pages of typed words in size 11 font, on an A4 page (could be more or less depending on the font/size/page size you use), find out more, or sign up here.
This year things have become rather crazy, but I am still going to try to hit my target of 50,000 words by the end of 30th November!
I have found that there are a few things that help me to hit my target – one of them is having a bit of time on my hands (which I am struggling with this year at present), I have this year found that NaNo does not fit in well with having a full-time job AND doing my masters full-time as well, plus moving this month and now being ill! But hey ho, I am still going for it!
I also think that this year is a little trickier as I have not planned anything! I hadn’t a clue what to even call my work so I could register it on the NaNo website, but the characters inside seemed to take over on that front and told me to call it “Disengage” – I am now finding out about what they want to do as I go along – I am not finding this very conducive this year at all!
If you’ve taken part before, what have you found most helpful and what has completely interfered your plans of success?
Some of my NaNo essentials: