Since 2006, I have tried for nearly every year to complete this novel-writing challenge. 50,000 words in a month? I should be able to do that. I’m a fast typer, I like to write and am willing to devote hours to it at a time.
But it hasn’t been so easy.
I’ve struggled with being a neurotic perfectionist, and I’ve struggled with not planning my novels very well, so that I start flailing around after about 15,000 words, and then it’s all crash and burn.
This year it will be different. This year, with the help of my awesome wife, Beth, I have planned out my novel, and have done some good brain work to reduce the anxiety that I have about not writing a perfect, stellar first draft.
This year, it’s just about writing. So I’m gonna write. Maybe it won’t be very good, but it’ll be finished. That’s the big goal.
Business + Nano
I think starting a business in October and spending a lot of time working on website and working with clients helps to minimize the amount of time spent worrying about the novel. Previously, I could afford to spend hours THINKING and FREAKING about the novel, and a little time writing it. Now, now I have Things To Do, and that’s SRS BSNSS, so I only have a little bit of spare time in which to write.
If all goes well, I’ll hit 50,000 words on November 30th, and will update on my progress along the way.
Now, I must got and write today’s 1667 words.
Wish me luck!