I have decided to join my wife and thousands of others to participate in NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. This will run during the month of November, and the goal is to produce a 50,000-word novel by the last day of the month. This works out to about 1,667 words a day.

Now I’ve written short stories before, and I’ve enjoyed it. I once took part in a writing group that met monthly to share stories, but it’s been a while since I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a story. For years I’ve not done much writing, and for the past two years, I’ve been primarily limited to writing stuff here. My continuing goal for comments here is 1,000+ words.

“But Captain, since you don’t always reach your goal of two 1,000-word articles per week, why are you trying the harder NaNoWriMo work?”

Partially to participate in an activity with my wife, partially because writing is a fun and creative work, and partially because I believe that working on the novel will make me a better biweekly poster here. It has been my experience that people who are busy accomplish more than people who have lots of free time. I believe this happens because busy people are of necessity better organized, and busy people are not afraid to knuckle down and put some extra effort into a new task.

Or I may just be out of my mind. Here’s why I believe this is probably the case. To stay on track, I need to produce about 1,667 words each day. But I work full-time during the week, so all my writing needs to happen afterward. And I won’t be able to do any writing on Sunday or Tuesday since they are already too packed with activities. I don’t plan on doing any writing on Thanksgiving or the day after, or on my wife’s birthday. I’m down 12 days right there. That means I have 18 days to write 50,000 words, plus eight more commentaries here at another 1,000 words each. That’s 58,000 words, or about 3,200 words a day.

I’m either nuts or a masochist. Take your pick.

At least I have a the outline of a plot and a good setting. Unlike my wife. Heheh.

[Hey, I do too. Bite me. --TPK]

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