Every year around this time, someone asks me if I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. I thought I’d written a journal about this in the past, but I can’t find it, so it must’ve just been on some Unsheathed episode. So in brief:
1. Short answer: no.
2. NaNoWriMo is a great exercise for people who have never written a novel or need a fire lit under them, a team to be accountable to, a deadline, and so on. It’s a great community thing. It’s a wonderful way to find out whether you can write a novel, a fun experience, and a worthwhile way to spend your November. By all means, if you are interested in writing a novel but just can’t get around to it, or aren’t sure how to proceed, this exercise will kick your tail into gear.
3. My life right now revolves around writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and talking about my novels. My schedule was going to include writing a novel for November; that’s now been pushed back a little. I have some short stories to work on this week, a novel to edit, and a new novel to write, as well as a couple novel/novella projects to wrap up. I have great confidence in my ability to knock out 50K words in a month if I need to; for the Clarion Write-A-Thon, I wrote 60K words in six weeks, which included nine or ten days of AnthroCon, ReaderCon, and Comic-Con during which I think I wrote a total of a thousand words. Oh, and I finished three days early and went to RMFC. Last year I hit 70K in six weeks, again including Comic-Con. When I’m first-drafting a novel, 12-15K a week is a solid pace for me. 50K a month is not really a challenge when writing is your job. When you have to do another job in addition? Yeah, then it’s a big deal.
So anyway. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, but you totally should. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.