NaNoWriMo just started, so I thought I would share my goals for this month with you. I give anybody who reads this permission to help keep me on track and encourage me to write every day.
What Is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short) is the National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write at least 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. That’s right, 1,667 words a day for 30 days.
NaNo makes for a great goal, meeting all of the standard criteria for a goal. It is specific (50,000-word novel in 30 days), measurable (1,667 words per day), attainable (with lots of sacrifices, it will be), relevant (I want to write a novel), and time-bound (30 days).
By writing my goals down and making them public, I hope to have help keeping the goals.
- NO MEDIA (except music) until I write my daily goal.
- Including: audio books, books, TV, movies, games, or random internet usage.
- Write EVERY SINGLE DAY.
- One exception will be for my birthday, if I reach at least 45,000 words by then.
- Write at least 1,000 words a day as a minimum, but try to write 3,000 words a day.
- Update everybody of my progress every day on Twitter and the NaNo website, and every week on FaceBook.
The goal of NaNo is only to write 50,00o words, but the typical first novel for an author is around 80,000. Since they say 10% should be cut from a first draft, I need to make my story around 90,000 words. Of course, if the story does not want to be that long, then I will not force it, but it makes for a good stretch goal.
Writing 50,000 words or more will require a lot of time, which means I will owe my wonderful wife a lot. So, for Danae, if I reach my goal, I promise to finally level a World of Warcraft character to level 90, so I can run dungeons with her.
To reward myself for reaching this goal, I am going to buy seasons 4 and 5 of Castle, and then spend a weekend watching several episodes back to back. Also, I will buy myself a NaNoWriMo Winners T-shirt.
Follow me on Twitter, FaceBook, and Google Plus. Are you a NaNo writer as well? Add me as a writing buddy. Do you have any suggestions for goals or rewards I should use? Leave them in the comments below.