There are pros and cons for spending the 30 days of November writing on average 1,666 words a day.
- It will be a test-run for writing a novel.
- I'll have written 50,000 of a novel.
- I'll be joining a community of writers taking part and, hopefully, gleam lots of useful advice.
- I'll have achieved something I never thought possible.
- I'll feel good about myself.
- I will need to write at 1,666 words a day or, taking a few days off, at least 2,000.
- I will need to sacrifice certain activities to find the find the time, such as TV, housework, ironing, and cooking. Hang on, that could be a pro.
- I will need my friends and family to understand they won't be seeing as much of me as they'd like.
- I will need to cut back on my blogging time, severely.
- The 50,000 words I end up with may be absolute rubbish.
I'm sure there are lots of other pros and cons I've not yet thought of, which I will quickly learn or readers will point out. But the biggest question now is what do I write? Here are the options I'm considering:
- Hear on Earth - a science fiction novel I started and stopped over 13 years ago.
- Seeds of Change (working title) - a science fiction short story I am considering extending into a novel.
- Two Novellas - a zombie western and a horror western.
I will let you know nearer the time which option I've chosen.
For those who have visited the NaNoWriMo website and watched the video on the homepage, if I were a tupee, I'd be William Shatners (watch the video and you'll understand). For those who have or are signing up, you can find me under the username of 'shatnerstupee'!
Have you done NaNoWriMo and/or are you doing it this year? What are you planning to write? What advice would you offer to anyone taking part?