Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
Howdy! Pete here.
Yesterday marked the halfway point of NaNoWriMo, and I don’t know about you guys, but I am not halfway to 50,000 words.
In case you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month; it’s a month-long challenge to write 50,000 words, which is the length of some books (like 1984 or The Great Gatsby). It’s very intense, and it kind of takes over your life for a while, but it’s also a lot of fun!
I’m doing a short story collection this year, and I’m really struggling to come up with a fresh idea every other day. I’ve written seven stories so far, and I hope to hit 15 or so by the end of the month. I’m a bit behind at 21,000 words and I won’t have any time to write all weekend. The average word count for my region is 10,000 words, so that makes me feel a bit better, but I know NaNoWriMo isn’t about comparing progress, it’s about sitting yourself down to hit your personal goals! If I write a bunch of short stories and end up liking one or two of them, that’s good enough for me.
Anyone else doing NaNo this year? What’s your project, and how’s it going?