Lessons From NaNo ~ Planning Ahead

Good lessons to share by Joan Hall for NaNiWriMo back in November on Story Empire. I’ve got to try this again sometime but I wish it was in a different month. November always gets busy for me.

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. Some of you know I participated in NaNoWriMo back in November. (Thanks, Mae!) In case you aren’t familiar with this annual event, the goal is to write 50,000 new words in a month or 1,667 words per day.

Could I accomplish the 50K goal? Last January, I began keeping a daily word count. I counted everything—novels, short stories, blog posts, book reviews. Even dribble that I’ll never publish. Doing this helped me to see what I could do. But even so, the most I wrote in a month was around 26K words.

I figured any number of words written would be better than nothing, so I signed up to begin a new project. On November 29, I crossed the 50K word mark on my upcoming novel, Cold Dark Night.

It’s likely some of you write in excess of 50K words every month…

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