For those of you who I haven’t already bored with the details, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month.”
It’s a annual contest of caffeine-induced insanity that pledges the writer to writing a 50,000 world novel, start to finish, during the month of November. This is my second year as a participant. Chris Baty, the inventor of NaNoWriMo, has published a book titled, “No Plot? No Problem” A Low Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing A Novel in 30 Days.”
Based on the suggestions in this book, I’m posting this blog, and sending this email.
My new novel, “Brother Rat” will be started on November 1, 2008. My goal is at least 50,000 words by November 30, 2008. To reach this goal, Baty suggests creating some external stimulus (as well as obscene amounts of caffeine.)
So, here we go.
The chart below shows my word-count goals. Any person who reads this post/email is invited, nay requested, to ask me where my word count on “Brother Rat” is at any point, and is hereby welcomed to mock me mercilessly if I am behind schedule…no excuses on my part to be allowed.
Secondly, I will be posting updates on my progress and the current synopsis of the story on my blog. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome, along the way.
Lastly, Baty suggests a “negative inducement” to keep me on track, so here it is…
If I have not reached a 50,000 word-count on “Brother Rat” by midnight on November 30, 2008…I will be contributing $100.00 to PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) a group that I have roundly mocked on this blog, and that I personally abhor as a bunch of tree-hugging, dolphin-smooching freaks.
If THAT doesn’t keep me on track, nothing will, lol!
Here we go.
November 1, 2008: 1,667 words
November 7, 2008: 11,669 words
November 14, 2008: 14,338 words
November 21, 2008: 35,007 words
November 28, 2008: 46,676 words
November 30, 2008: 50,000 words