Friday, December 01, 2006
NaNoWriMo 2006 - Happenstance
I have posted my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel at Novelty - Happenstance.
Read at your own peril.
I have not read or edited it in any way, with the exception of using the spell checker on occasion. It is broken up into 20 posts.
For those who do not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it happens every November. People try to write a 50,000 word novel from the 1st until the 30th. The word count is the main goal, because finishing seems to be the most difficult novel writing hurtle. The only rule is you can’t write the same word 50,000 times.
I have told myself each year I would participate, but never got around to it. I’ve never finished several novels I’ve started either. This year, November 1st hit and I committed.
While you are not allowed to start writing your novel until the 1st, you may plan it. I didn’t. I had no idea what I was going to do; I just wanted to be able to say I finished a novel. Now, I can.
What have I learned from this?
I can physically write 1,000 words in an hour. If I learned to type, I bet I could write more.
If you give your characters titles and use them every time, you can increase your word count easily.
Do not use contractions.
Break up all compound words.
Include and describe all meals, dressing routines and throw in a potty break now and again.
If you turn your monitor on an angle, you can write at work.
Repeat the phrase, “I have to write,” to anyone who crosses your path.