The frenzy has begun. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly known as NaNoWriMo. Are you a participant? I know my friend over at FinnyKnits is also typing her little fingers off this month.
I’m officially a participant this year, my first NaNoWriMo effort. In 2008, 119,301 erstwhile novelists produced 1.6 billion written words. The goal is to reach 50,000 words beginning Nov. 1 and ending at midnight on Nov. 30. Only 18.2% of the 2008 contestants achieved the word count goal. I plan to be one of the success stories for 2009.
Source: NaNo Calendars 2009
A calendar download from the NaNoWriMo forum now serves as my desktop theme to give me inspiration. To reach the golden 50,000 word count, it’s suggested we write 1,670 words per day. Today, the goal is to achieve 3,340 words. Nov. 2's inspiration note says “Get Ahead Early for a Buffer” and I took that to heart. My word count for yesterday was 4,298—so I’ve definitely built in a buffer right from the start. You never know when life will keep you from working on your novel. Today so my count will go even higher. As long as I keep pushing on, winning is a strong possibility.
So, what am I writing? A mystery. Folding the Edges Just So is my working title but will probably be changed later
Sometimes what you seek results in an unexpected nightmare. This is the tale of a woman who discovers a body as well as herself when pursuing a heretofore innocuous hobby.
Sometimes what you seek turns out to be a true treasure. Sometimes what you find is a dead body tucked inconsequently in the bushes. The disposition of bodies is not generally on one’s mind when following a map and clues during a letterboxing outing.
That’s my news for now. I’m off to do my morning 3-mile walk, laundry, my housework, a sewing project, and then I’m going back to writing about the mysterious adventures of my novel’s protagonist, Kate Cameron.