I’m a little late on this one, but I’m curious how many of you are participating in “National Novel Writing Month.” I’ve actually never done so, but have had several students who have. Here’s the basic idea, if you’re unfamiliar with it: The month of November is dedicated to writing 50,000 words of fiction. If you break that down, you’re looking at nearly 1,700 words per day. Seems rather unattainable at time. I’ve written 1,700 words in a day before, but not for 30 days straight.
How has your experience with NaNoWriMo been? Have you come up with decent prose, or do you struggle to turn out inspired writing when on such a crazy deadline? I’d be inclined to think that, even if most of the 50,000 words would be rushed, some of it will be decent. Also, it will give your book a sense of momentum. Sure, there would be times where the story drags, but for the most part, you’d be well immersed in your novel.
Whether its NaNoWriMo that gets you going, or something else that gets you writing, just make sure you spend some time putting words on page. There’s no other way to finish a book.