Monday, September 28, 2009

Word Counts - Calendars - Schedules apology. I totally spaced on getting a post up last night so it'd be here this morning. We had a LONG Saturday and I'm still a bit sleep deprived. I didn't think about blogging until about an hour ago.

Now... During November, the goal is to write 50k in 30 days. That equals 1,667 words a day.

However, many of us don't get to write every day of the month. So, it's time to get your calendars out, count just how many days you'll be able to write and then figure out how many words you'll need to write each day to get your 50k.

Next, check your schedule. Make an appointment with yourself on each of those days. That's your writing time. No one can take it from you, no one is more important.

Me, I figure I'll have 21 days in Nov. since I generally don't write on weekends. I may on a Sat. or two but Sundays are just out of it for me. That means I'll need to get right around 2,400 words a day. And that's not out of reach. Several times the past month or so I've gotten that many down without working at it.

Don't let the number scare you. That's why we plan our novels in advance. We'll have a roadmap so we won't be wandering along not knowing where were going.

Have you come up with a general idea yet? Got a character or situation in mind? Start pondering cause it won't be long and we'll start the serious planning.


  1. I'm playing around with an idea, but until I know the number of VBTs I have, I don't know what my schedule will look like yet. If I do this, it will be very, very tight, like jamming a camel through the eye of a needle tight.

    Actually, I have three ideas, but can't figure what one will be easier to work with, so I really need to think about it soon. I'm sure the Muse Online Writers Conference will give me some direction, but I really want to move on it before then.


  2. I'm 90% sure I've got my idea. About a month to go until kick-off, I'm reasonably sure I'm not going to change it. :D But you never know.

  3. I've got an idea, main and secondary characters and some plot points, but still don't feel anywhere near ready for NaNO.


  4. I just figured it all out and I will also have 21 days to write and will also need to do the 2,400 wpd. :-)