Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Starting at midnight, thousands of people all around the world are racing to write a 50,000 word novel from beginning to end in the 30 days that November hath. Yes, it’s (Inter)NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth time. This will be my fourth attempt and this year I am going to have to try something different.
The trouble is that in none of the previous years have a finished what I started. I did once make it to the 50,000 word target but the story was incomplete. There were large holes where I had skipped the difficult bits to come back to later.In the three years since then, I haven’t really been back. The next two years were even more inconclusive. And again and again my good intentions of completing some or all of these outside of November came to naught very much. Which is frustrating (even if it be entirely my own fault.) I am sufficiently attached and proud of them all that i’d like to finish them, but outside of november it just doesn’t seem to happen. So this is the plan, I have these:
2004 – 53,640 words – Help Yourself
2005 – 16,210 words – Bodhidharma’s Eyelids
2006 – 32,385 words – Awake!
I start the month with three fractional novels of some 102,235 words. The aim will be to end the month with 152,235 words which may go someway to completing one or more of them.
Oh yes, and whilst I am doing that I will also be growing a moustache for the merry month of Movember. Though I feel will be less successful than my novel writing.