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 !