For those unsure, or if you’ve forgotten, “NaNoWriMo” is National Novel Writing Month. Started way back in 1999, NaNoWriMo is a challenge, a community event, and a source of motivation for thousands of writers. In short, writers take the month of November to write an entire novel. More specifically, we try to write 50,000 words.
In a sense, this is accountability. You’re letting people know how much you’re writing on a daily basis. And it works! I’ve done it twice now. The first time, I wrote most of an earlier novel (that I’ll work on revising and re-writing next year some time). The second time, I made 50k words of progress on the novel you’re all enjoying now, Until All Curses Are Lifted.
This time? Well, if you’re following along, you know I’m working on the sequel, Until All Bonds Are Broken. I’m approaching 50,000 words on it already, and should be there by the end of this week. That means, if NaNoWriMo goes as planned, I should be at the 100,000 word mark by the end of November.
How does that compare? The first book is 139,568 words long. So if we assume that book two is comparable in length (and I assume that it is), then I’ll be over two-thirds of the way through by December 1st.
As always, you can continue to follow along with the tracker in the right column. Or if you want more specifics from me, follow me on Twitter where I post words counts and occasional vague hints. Or… better yet, join the Mailing List, where I’ll post some actual excerpts sometime soon…