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April NaNoWriMo

April NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo? Basically it’s a plan to write a novel in a month. The national NaNoWriMo is November and the idea is to write somewhere around 1,667 words a day so that by the end of the month you have a 50,000 word beginning for a novel.

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I have never participated before, and I actually only learned this existed a few weeks ago, but I have decided I am going to implement my own version in April. I have been looking for motivation to write down some of my stories and this is it.

Check the bottom of the post to follow my progress.

My Plan

Not quite the typical NaNo but the goal of writing some bizarre number like 1,667 words every day for 30 days just seems impractical to me. Some days you won’t be able to make your goal, and some days you won’t be able to write at all.

So my plan is to aim for writing five days a week and to set a goal at a nice round number. Because, let’s face it, the word count really doesn’t matter. What matters is getting the story on paper. If the first draft doesn’t end up being 50,000 words, who cares? This is just a place to start. I usually write first drafts on paper, so I’m not sure how the word count thing is going to work anyway. Maybe I’ll try typing and see how it goes.

So basically, I’m using this month and the idea of NaNoWriMo as motivation to get a story on paper. Not entirely sure what I’m going to write yet, I have a few thoughts and I intend to spend the week before finalizing and seeing what feels like it’s ready to be a story. Or maybe a re-write of one that I started a few years back and never quite finished. No matter what I’m fairly certain it will be fantasy, sci-fi takes too much time doing research.

I don’t think I am going to sign up for all the official things just yet, I think I want to try this one on my own so that I am prepared and will participate for sure in November. Some of the official stuff:

NaNoWriMo
Camp NaNoWriMo

Some other helpful links:

Novel in a Month Notebook – Eva Deverell
7 Strategies for NaNoWriMo Prep – Maris McKay
NaNoWriMo Checklist – Author Zoo

And this, which is possibly the best idea I’ve ever seen for combating writer’s block:

My NaNoWriMo Jars! – Rachel Rose

Anyone want to try this one with me?

Here’s an image of my calendar if you’d like to print one out for yourself.

Current Progress

Date Day Total Goal Final Word Count Goal Met
3/28 1 2,000 2,300
3/29 2 4,000 4,238
3/30 3 6,000 6,201
3/31 4 8,000 9,476
4/01 5 10,000 11,147
4/04 6 12,000 13,230
4/05 7 14,000 14,191
4/06 8 16,000 16,220
4/07 9 18,000 18,030
4/08 10 20,000 20,006
4/11 11 22,000 22,103
4/12 12 24,000 24,042
4/13 13 26,000 26,038
4/14 14 28,000 28,095
4/15 15 30,000 30,043
4/18 16 32,000 32,000
4/19 17 34,000 34,048
4/20 18 36,000 36,049
4/21 19 38,000 38,112
4/22 20 40,000 40,076
4/25 21 42,000 43,308
4/26 22 44,000 44,026
4/27 23 46,000 46,075
4/28 24 48,000 48,455
4/29 25 50,000 50,029

 

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