Still on the fence about whether to do NaNoWriMo? As in, the virtual shared goal where writers complete 50,000 words in a month.
That may sound formidable and like you’ll have to WORK HARDER, but not necessarily. I break down the daily word requirements below this list and they’re doable. You could think of it as focusing more than working super duper hard.
Here’s a look at 5 popular books that began as NaNoWriMo drafts, to help you decide whether it’s worth it make it your focus this November! My two cents: It is!
1. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus
2. Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants
3. Hugh Howey’s Wool
4. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder
5. Jason M. Hough’s The Darwin Elevator
The main NaNoWriMo site lists a bunch of other traditionally-published and self-published books.
If you started today, you’d need to write at least 2,380 words a day to reach the 50,000 word mark. That’s significant, but one way to get your mind around that is to time yourself writing for fifteen minutes…multiply by four…figure out how many hours you’d be signing up for to reach 2,400 words per day.
As an example, if I type fiction at about 800 words an hour, I’d be signing up for two to three hours a day, if I started today. Even if you do about 600 words an hour that’s four hours. Many authors split it up (one in the morning before work, one at lunch break, two in the evening, for example). My point is, it could be doable!
Remember: drafts don’t have to be stunning…they can be a hot mess!
However, I don’t usually type my fiction drafts anymore. I dictate now for many reasons, the primary ones being speed and mobility. Doing that, I’ve doubled to tripled my hourly word count such that, 10 days into NaNoWriMo, I have 36,000 words done, working just 3 hours a day on it. Yes, there is a learning curve to dictation but it’s something to think about!