I’m starting to get nervous about November: The big NaNoWriMo month.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. From the home page itself ‘is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.’

One of my friends tried to encourage me to take part back in 2009 but I didn’t have the time, the drive, or the patience to commit to something that demanding.

But now I am a little bit older and I’d like to think more patient and able to meet deadlines I feel more prepared and capable to confront a challenge like this.

I know it’s not a commitment that I have paid for or something that I will be penalised for not completing or participating properly. But it is something I have told people I am doing and something I am challenging myself to complete. So even though there is no fear of losing out financially if I don’t complete the 50 000 word novel by the end of the month, there is a social and self pressure to achieve it.

An average page of writing for me consists of 420 words then I aim to write 4 pages per day making 1680 words then I could complete 50400 words in 30 days. I know, I’m laughing as I see this calculation too. I know there will be days where I will get home from work and the last thing I will want to do is write out 4 pages of my novel. I know there will be days where I will most likely sit and stare at the page I left off at and think ‘where the hell am I going with this?’

But I’m sure there will also be days where I will be on a roll and I won’t stop at just 4 pages. As long as I can evoke some form of discipline and stick to a fairly regular writing pattern I know it is a word count I can reach. I know that I will have a nice, new, comfortable apartment to write from and my boyfriend will cook me lovely dinners while I sit typing away. ;)

Cross your fingers for me! And I will update on my progress.

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