The goal is to hit 50,000 words in one month, which means at least 1,666 words per day for thirty days. Be warned, 50,000 words doesn’t necessary mean that you have a full novel, even short YA novels tend to be 60,000 plus. But you should have the start of something which could become a draft of a novel.
This is the first year that I didn’t finish the word count in the 30 day limit, I pressed on and reached just over the 50,000 word target and completed the first draft of my novel on the 4th of December. The wonderful thing about NaNo is that it gives you the push, a target, and support of a group. But what if writing 50,000 feels like an unachievable goal? Well, I could point out that NaNoWriMo is about the quality of words, not the quality of words. Or I can make another suggestion. Give yourself an achievable target. It doesn’t have to be 50K if that feels too much, in fact, why should it be about putting the words on the page? Why not read that book on writing? Or edit those stories? Or finish that anthology.
At the Writers at Lovedean, we set our own NaNoWriMo targets, after all November is a good target setting month. It’s the last opportunity before the New Years resolutions come round again to meet those goals that you’ve put on the back burner during the year.
I was really proud of the members of the writing group, everyone who signed up to our own NaNoWriMo project managed to get move forward on their goals.
So here is the honour roll!
Margaret Jennings: 50,000 words in the 30 days!
Me: 50800 words in 34 days.
Lynne Stone: completed five short stories.
Barbara McMeekin: 10,000 words in 30 days.
Linda Hadfield: editing goal completed.
Jackie Green: editing goal completed.
Jules Garvey-Welch: completed and self-published her anthology, Beyond the Bell Tower.