I wondered for quite sometime if I would seize the NaNoWriMo challenge. You see, with all the stories on this blog, I have to write quite a few things in advance to clear up my schedule and concentrate on one story for a whole month. I’m currently finishing up Unforeseen Dives and scheduling its publication twice every week. I’ll try to have Absurd Fables ready in advance too. I’m reworking a short story I submitted for publication (which was rejected) to fill up some of the gap in my posting schedule.
But before starting on all that, I had to be sure the challenge was for me.
See, I hate failure. That doesn’t mean I’m a sore loser. Losing, like being rejected, implies another person over whom I have no control. I don’t mind either of those situations. However, failing involves only my own short-comings which makes it a lot more difficult for me to handle.
I know; it’s the other way around for most people. *shrugs*
So I only decided to jump on the NaNoWriMo train once I weighed my chances of success. The core question being: is this too crazy for me?
I’ve been keeping track of my word count this year. I only track fiction so blog posts like this one or informative ones don’t count.
First, let’s just say that if I put all my effort in less stories, I’d have more novels under my belt. By the end of this month, I will have written 250,000 words since January. So my average word count is 25,000 words a month. That is a whole lot more than I realised.
NaNoWriMo will require me to double my average monthly word count. However, I freed my schedule of other stories, informative posts, etc. I’d say the objective is reachable.
Now, we only have to see if I’ll indeed reach it!
My crazy “reach for the sky” objective is to write the whole novel in a month (which means 100k). If I can do that despite the occasional overtime at work, the birthday parties and the modelling gig for a friend, I’ll be ecstatic.
How is the challenge for you? Aiming higher? Too busy to try?