For those of you who are new to NaNoWriMo Madness, don't let that first paragraph scare you away. I didn't mean it. Okay, so I did, but it's not as bad as it sounds. Really, its a lot of fun, and your friends and family will be so proud of you when it's over that they won't hold a grudge about you neglecting them for thirty days straight. (In theory, anyway.)
So, what exactly is this NaNoWriMo Madness of which I speak?
Simply put, it is that festive event that takes place every year during the month of November where aspiring novelists test their resolve (and their sanity) by pledging to write a fifty-thousand word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th.
Now, some of you might say, "Fifty-thousand words, Mynx? Are you out of your freakin' mind?"
The answer to both of these questions is yes, but let's look at this from a different standpoint. Yay, math!
50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1667 words per day.
1667 words per day.
That's it, but that's not all.
To write your daily word count in one hour, you only need to be able to type 28 words per minute.
1667 words divided by 60 minutes = 28 words per minute.
To put it into further perspective, you speak, on average, at 100 words per minute.
It doesn't sound nearly as crazy-making now, does it? Actually, it sounds pretty easy, when you look at it that way. And a lot less time consuming than I originally led you to believe. Hell, hook up your voice recognition software and you can probably dictate your entire novel in oh, eight and a half hours from start to finish.
But wait! There's even more!
Now that you've wrapped your head around the numbers, it's time to look at what NaNoWriMo is really all about, and that is, it is about getting you to put your butt in chair, in front of keyboard, and get to writing that novel that you keep talking about writing "someday". There is no more talk of writing during NaNoWriMo - there is just writing from day one to day thirty. There is no "someday" during NaNoWriMo. "Someday" becomes NOW.
If ever you needed a kick in the kiester to get to writing that book you keep meaning to get around to writing, NaNoWriMo is that kick.
And it starts a mere nine days from now, so what are you waiting for? Go to the website and sign up!
And then come back here and leave me a comment with your user name so I can add you to my writing buddies list.
Who's with me?