an anti-wednesday appeal
My cordial dislike of the phenomenon known as NaNoWriMo has been well documented. Its self-proclaimed goal of getting you to write at least 5ok not-really-very-polished words in a month smacks of a latent prescriptivism which I find unhelpful So you might expect me to react with incredulity at the notion that anyone would want to indulge in NaNoWriMo more than once a year.
That’s almost exactly what Shallee MacArthur isn’t doing. She’s started JuNoWriMo to write a NaNoWriMo-ish novel in June, and she’s invited anyone who wants. But there’s one important distinction. She explains:
For JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month, of course!), you don’t have to pump out a 50,000 word novel in a month. Pick a writing goal–any writing goal— it can be that you want to write 1,000 words a day all month. Or that you want to spend 1 hour a day pounding out your revisions. Or that you dedicate at least a two hours a week to your writing. Whatever the goal is, we’ll support each other in it!
Now that’s something I can get excited about. None of this ‘We’re writing novels fast and you’re not.’ Just good, frank, collaborative fun.
In fact, I’d already set myself some tentative June goals (which would have utterly excluded me from NaNoWriMo, I might add). So the advent of JuNoWriMo is nothing short of serendipitous.
My goals are pretty straightforward:
- Write a chapter a day in a new project I’ve not told anyone about yet, and
- Write 1,ooo words a day in my novel length manuscript.
My handicap is that I will only be writing five days a week, since I have many other responsibilities and commitments and need to actively protect days off. If I miss a day writing, especially for goal 2, I’ll try to make up for it the next day. And, yes, I will revise as I go and revise the previous night’s work each day before I begin.
This is fairly realistic for how I work. And it lets me, first, work out the new project fairly swiftly, which is what it needs. And, second, it helps me actually complete my long manuscript, which is becoming a proverbial albatross around my neck. The ultimate goal is to have complete drafts of both works by the end of July (beta readers beware!), and spend August writing up a project which may or may not have everything to do with fairy tales and alchemy.
H/T to Jenna St. Hilaire for convincing me this was a good idea. I started this gig Monday, which is really when the summer began for me (the first week in June overlapped with the last week of May, so it does Not Count). If you’re interested, my achievements so far are listed below the jump. Otherwise, they’ll appear unobtrusively at the top of occasional blog posts.
Monday, 6/6: An auspicious date, really. If you think about it.
- Successfully wrote ch. 4.
- Wrote approx. 600 words. But since that contained a 150 word passage which I flatter myself is the single most terrifying I’ve ever written, I called it a night.
Tuesday, 7/6: Another fun date. (Yes, I write dates like a Brit.)
- Successfully wrote ch. 5.
- By that point, it was midnight and I was tired, so I called it quits with vague promises of 2,000 words the next day.
So, that’s me. What about you? Up for a bout of JuNoWriMo? Or are we all gone mad again?