How’s your output ?

Phil: From the department of reading people’s press releases out on air, currently replacing BBC news, there is a bit of a fuss about NaNoWriMo or the National Novel Writing Month.

The idea is that during November, participants try to write a 50,000 word novel. That’s an average of 1667 words a day. Every day. For a month. Wow.

That’s a hell of a challenge. Kate vs The Dirtboffins is 83,000 words and took us around 8 months to produce and that’s with two people working on it. OK, so we both had jobs and other distractions and the result is a finished manuscript rather than the first drafts that NaNoWriMo will be aiming for, but it’s still a big mountain to climb. I have pondered the idea but even though I don’t have a proper full-time job at the moment, just can’t see how I could do it. I mean, don’t these people eat ? Do they sit in their garrets typing all day ?

So if you are having a go, I salute you. But please don’t send you efforts to a publisher on 1st December. I bet they aren’t looking forward to them and anyway, there are better things in the slush pile already !

Visit the NaNoWriMo website.

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4 responses to “How’s your output ?

  1. NaNoWriMo is not for everyone, but writing 1666 words a day isn’t as hard as it may sound (depending on you speed, you may only nedd an hour or an hour and a half a day). I’ve done NaNoWriMo for three years, with a full-time job, a social life and responsabilities.
    It’s about dedication!
    Clearly no sane person would send their manuscripts to a publisher/agent right away, even though some people ilude themselfs and do just that. A 1st draft always needs work, but you’de be surprised at how good some 1st drafts are, especially during NaNoWriMo.

  2. Hmmmmm. Perhaps I oughtt o dig out some of those ideas from my notebook after all then. The idea sounds great, I’m just a bit nervous about the effort required.

    Perhaps the mountain looks higher from the base camp than half way up !

  3. The important question is – does that mean we would be closer to getting published? If so, I dont think it says anything about joint entries??

  4. Are you suggesting we NaNoWriMo the first draft of the second book ?

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