Thu 15 Oct 2015
I heard something about this last year (or was it the year before?) but this year I’ve actually managed to sign up for it in time…it’s National Novel Writing Month! The challenge is to try to write 50,000 words in one month and the result of that *should be* the raw material you need for your novel.
(NOTE: to those people I’ve talked to about this already, I thought it was supposed to be 30,000 words, but I was wrong, it’s 50,000 words.)
50,000 words sounded like a lot to me, but I thought I’d try a bit of a test…a speed typing test. I searched for “how fast can you write” and did an online test where you type random words that are displayed in front of you. I got 40 words per minute. Is that good? I don’t know, but it really doesn’t matter.
Let’s assume that my normal typing speed it a bit less than 40 per minute. Let’s say it’s 25 per minute due to my internal editor not letting my just type freely all the time. 50,000 words divided by 25 words per minute equals 2,000 minutes, which is 33.3 hours. In a 30 day month like November, that’s 1.11 hours per day of just pure writing.
Now, that’s only the writing part, and not the “working yourself up to it” part, or the “where can I go from here” part, and not even the “ARGH! That ******* internal editor!” part. ONLY the writing part.
“Let’s do this.”