I know, I know. It’s not time yet. We all have those other WIPs and we just can’t think about writing a whole new story in November. Right?
Well, sort of. I’m not going to go into NaNo prep – not yet. At least not specifically. But I have a challenge (for myself and all of you!) that may help get the juices flowing so that we are ready when NaNo does come around.
As we know, NaNo challenges us to write 50,000 words (a full-length novel) in 30 days. My challenge is two parts.
Part One: A short story of 12,500 words. (Or over) Easy peasy, right? Okay, sure. But do it in 12 days. (Yes, time frame is pretty much arbitrary. I didn’t say it was a logical challenge.)
Part Two: After part one and a short rest period, say 4 days. Step it up to 25,000 words in 30 days.
This challenge is, largely about accountability for my own goals. We train for a marathon, right? Well, NaNo is our writing marathon and we’d better get in shape. I’m starting part one today, so by September 6th I should have my 12,500 words. You can start on any date, I’m not picky. Will it be easy? I don’t know yet. I’m running on about 5 hours of really poor sleep, so maybe I’m biting off more than I can chew. And maybe I’m headed in the right direction.
If you are taking my challenge, let me know. Obviously you don’t have to tell me, but I’d sure like to know if anyone else is interested in this! And in seeing the results!