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NaNoWriMo

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment

crossposted at Snarky’s Machine

For several years I’ve considered doing NaNoWriMo. This year I’m going to.

Talking about it with Snarky last night got my juices going. But she’s a writer, she writes all the time (as an aside, I just learned that Nabokov used to write his novels on index cards, I am so keeping the “choose your own ending” story on index cards she gave me earlier this month, for when she’s rich and famous). I tend to dither and edit, a lot of my writing is either computer code or poetry — which I think are pretty similar in a lot of respects, in that they tend to be rather precise and focused and impossible to make sense out of even when they work perfectly.

Anyway, I decided to conduct a test. I started a new Word document and scribbled three lines that had come to me lately. One while walking out the door a few days ago. One based on a comment I made to a friend’s Facecrack entry. And one that I thought of while getting my second cup of coffee. I didn’t give them much thought or editing (not nearly as much as I’ve given this entry, which isn’t saying a lot).

Then I did a word count (drumroll please)… 80 words.

I copied those words and pasted them 19 times to get 1600 words, a bit less than what I’d need to do every day to get to the target of 50,000 words in November. About 5 pages with the generous margins and font size that are my defaults.

Five pages a day. I can do this.

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