National November Writing Month is coming

(*Martin Luther King voice*) I HAD A DREAM! In it all men turned into vampires and the undead expect two, who were cast out for being different. Harry Potter was there. He was a vampire.

True story. I probably shouldn’t have fallen asleep watching Friday The 13th.

But anyways…

A couple of weeks ago one of my closest friends posted online about his continued participation in the National November Writing Month competition. I remember him mentioning it in the past, and I’ve looked into it before, but this year it peaked my interest more than usual.

So this year I signed up. I reviewed the rules, created an account, and am broadcasting it to the world. I have until the 1st to come up with a final idea and a proper character structure. The big problem is getting in the mood to write AND staying there.

Since the major distraction in the house is my kids I’m truly debating on getting them involved. The goal for myself is 50,000 words or more (more on that later) but I’m thinking of encouraging the kids to complete at least 4,000 words by the end of the month. This would help develop their typing skills (beyond video games), while encouraging an ability that they’ve shown in the past (storytelling, My son’s actually written stories by hand), all while keeping them out of my hair so that I can work. It’s a win-win.

This leaves me trying to figure out how much I’ll have to write each day to meet the quota and how much I’ll have to compensate for the days in which I know I won’t be able to write at all. So far I’ve established that I write around 420 words a day comfortably while juggling work and home. That’s about one full 8.5” x 11” page. I’ve done the math and in order to at least meet the deadline of 50,000 words I’ll have to write 1,613 words a day. That slightly less than 4 times what I’ve proven I can do on a daily basis not counting days in which I won’t be able to write at all.

Also remember that for every day that I can’t get around to writing it’ll add 4 more pages to be distributed over the other days. That’s just to meet the minimum goal.

Phew, that’s a lot.

I’ve come up with a couple of ideas already. One of which I’m really attached to. It’ll actually revolve around one character for the majority of his life and then mingling with another characters until the story ends up becoming theirs, essentially dividing the novel into two parts.

The other idea is mystery. A classic “one man thrown into a weird situation” story. It’s a short-story idea I’ve had for some time but i doubt I’ll be able to stretch it into a full novel.

More ideas may still come. I still have 15 days or so.


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