In a few days, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month: http://nanowrimo.org/dashboard ) begins and I have decided to participate. Or at least try. Well, certainly make a start.
What is it? It’s the writing of 50,000 words of a novel in November. So, in terms non-writers or sports enthusiasts (or both) can understand, it is the writer’s equivalent of a marathon. Only instead of approx. 42km or 26 miles in about 4.5 or 5 hours, it’s 50,000 words in 30 days. So, for the numbers geeks, it’s 1,667 words per day compared to 8kmph/ 5.5mph. But it’s more than the length of time (approx. 2-3 hours per day), that makes NaNoWriMo like a marathon:
There’s the training – you need to prepare. It’s called planning. Setting out your goals and plotting your route.
There’s the emphasis on consumption of the right ‘foods’. Luckily for some, alcohol is generally allowed. I’m talking about consumption of books. For example, as prep this year, I’m heading out of my comfort-zone genre-wise. It’s been erm interesting.
There’s the gear – in my case a charged laptop, loose pieces of paper, pens, highlighters, printer with spare cartridges and my notebooks. That’s all on top of the usual chaos.
And finally, it’s the extras. Music choices, clean house etc. Basically, getting everything out of the way to avoid procrastination. Because procrastination, not lack of time, is the NaNoWriMo participant’s biggest enemy. Or so I’m telling myself.