Mid Point Of NaNoWriMo
Yesterday was November 15th. What does that mean? NaNoWriMo is halfway over.
Yep, November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Many writers are rising to the challenge of writing 50,000 words in these 30 days. Some writers are achieving their dreams of writing and FINISHING (most important as many will start, less will finish) their very first book (50,000 is a full length novel). It is an exciting time!
NaNoWriMo is powerful because it is built around a S.M.A.R.T. goal. It is Specific (writing 50,000 words in 30 days). It is Measurable (an average of 50,000 divided by 30 or 1,667 words a day is the benchmark of success). It is Attainable (thousands of writers do it every single year). It is Realistic (again, writers are proving how realistic this is). It is Timely (one month to achieve it in).
Because so many writers participate in NaNoWriMo, there's a wonderful support system. There's encouragement and help on Twitter, Blogs, and in Writing Chapters. I can feel the buzz. There's an excitement in the air, an active cheering section.
So what happens if you missed NaNoWriMo? Carve that goal in half. Write 25,000 words for the last 15 days. That's a novella or two and a half shorts (shorts are normally around 10,000 words long).
I usually do the equivalent of NaNoWriMo in June. I write full time then and have a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. I tell everyone that's my goal. My hubby asks me every night if I've achieved my daily goal. It may not be in November but I DO get the novel done (one of those novels, Flawless, will be released in February 2010).
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Are you writing more than you usually would during November because of it?
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