Each year in November writers go into hibernation mode, scoffing any caffeine they can get their hands on and pounding on their keyboards, hoping to each that golden word count of 50 000 before December starts (anyone who hits this number is considered a winner). It's now November 2015. So game on, once more.
I used to think I'd never be able to write more than a few thousands words. I liked short, punchy fanfics which I threw up onto the Internet for a quick review or two. But then one year I started writing. And writing. And kept going. And somehow I ended up with 60 000 words. I was so shocked and thrilled - and knew I absolutely could do NaNoWriMo.
Below are this year's stats so far. I'm quite chuffed with the breakneck pace I'm keeping, but 10k a day is hard to maintain, even for someone who's attempting to be a professional writer.
Some people have criticised NaNoWriMo, saying you can't possibly get quality writing when you're vomiting up as much as you can. No first draft is going to be perfect, no matter what month it's written in. I'm not disputing that. But it's a LOT easier to edit 50 000 words of dubious typing than it is a blank page.
I use the NaNoWriMo method all year round. And I've written five books doing so.
And if there is one question you need to ask yourself, it's this:
How do you know you can finish a book if you never try?
Alyce Caswell is an aspiring writer who apparently lost her mind, threw away a steady job as an office junior and entered the realm of imagination.
She has blamed her accomplice and husband for giving her this most excellent opportunity.
Alyce has written articles, poems, short stories, books
and several embarrassing blogs. She hopes this venture will avoid the usage of cat gifs.
Links of Interest
A Rambling Rover
Alyce's travel blog which features various castles, stone circles and bemused musings about the Northern Hemisphere.