Okay, let's get this party started! How is Preptober treating you? Shooting for any special goals this year? Let us know in this thread and we can keep the wordcount thread to wordcounts and wordcount talk.
Personal goals are fantastic. I think this is a great idea.Not a chance that I'll succeed at 50k in a month, so my personal goal will be to write the first draft of the second novella in my ongoing strongman series. Bind them together and all of a sudden the novellas shall turn into a novel. I am aiming for 20 to 30k, in line with the first novella.
If it makes a difference, I am a notoriously slow writer. I've been doing NaNo for over 10 years, never won, but that's not the point. You win by participating. Plus it's hella fun. And if I can pump out 3 books in, like, 15 years, anyone can. It's not a matter of speed. This has never been a race. (Well, okay, it has but only because we're all demented.) This is a marathon, and the only one who ultimately sets the pace is you.I'll never be fast enough to complete Nano. But, I do get stuff done, so.... I am good.
It very much depends on your average word count / writing speed. You need 1.666 words a day, every day to make 50k a month. Skip a day or fall short one day, and you need to make up for that sometime else, increasing the needed word counts. I think for most people it's a challenge. I'm assuming most people aim for at least a coherent story. I actually think writing 50 words of gibberish is hard, just because you're bound to lose motivation at some point.50,000 words sounds doable as a minimum baseline wordcount
Yup, exactly. Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. That's how books get written. Everything else is just process. You do you.I've won Nanowrimo twice in several attempts and learned that it is an unsustainable process for me. I'm more of a 25-minute-session kinda guy. Lately been working up to an hour, daily. Word count inconsequential. If I write one good novel in my lifetime I'll be satisfied.
What I will say for Nano, though, is that it was one of the first lessons I learned concerning the value of showing up most days to write.
Hard agree on this. It's why I think participating in Nano at least once is a good excercise for beginning writers. It's not so much about winning Nano. But if you make a serious attempt at it, it teaches you the value of showing up to write, and it teaches you a lot about your writing process.What I will say for Nano, though, is that it was one of the first lessons I learned concerning the value of showing up most days to write.
Done NaNo for over 10 years (which I think I already said). This is one of those things where you win just by participating, because no matter how few or how many words you get in November, you come out with more words than you went in with. I'm going in with 36k words. I'm shooting to finish the book and maybe start the next. But, even if what usually happens happens (NaNo is trying to kill me), I'm going to win just by making progress on catching up with our deadlines.Hard agree on this. It's why I think participating in Nano at least once is a good excercise for beginning writers. It's not so much about winning Nano. But if you make a serious attempt at it, it teaches you the value of showing up to write, and it teaches you a lot about your writing process.
I've tried twice, and didn't win both times. But I did get 30k words written in a month both times. Already just seeing that kind of progress is good practice.