Some of my writer friends are stunned that I can write a novel in a month.  They don’t understand how I could do it.  I guess it is hard work, but it can be done.

I like to write, I love having the tight timeframe to work in also, and SoCNoC (or NaNoWriMo for the northern hemisphere) is a great opportunity to write solidly for a month.  Basically I have an idea that I want to work with anyway, and would have gone as far as to plan it out chapter by chapter and down as far as key scenes.

From there, it is a case of working out the numbers.

There are 30 days in June, if I am going to write every day, I need to write 1666.66 (or to make it easier 1667) words per day.  If I type 35 words per minute, I can type 2100 in an hour, so basically an hour a day of solid writing will accomplish this task (and if I do 2100 words per day for 30 days, I will have 63000 words.

But I have a son, two step sons, and a husband, so weekends are out.  And one of them is a long weekend for Queens Birthday weekend, and as it turns out, the Tuesday afterwards is teachers only day at school, so that is 10 whole days out of my schedule – Yeah nice aye!

So number crunching time again – 50k divided by 20 days = 2500 per day for the days that I can write.

OK, little more than an hours typing – but if you are passionate enough about the story, you will keep typing until you find a natural place to stop.

As of yet, I don’t really know what I am going to write… that is still to be decided, but whatever the decision, I will be looking forward to writing it.

Another reason I can do 50k in a month – most of the stories I write are fantasy based, I don’t have to worry too much about the location, the characters, the setting, themes etc.  If I was writing a historical novel, it is a different story, but I have recently blogged about this.

So writing 50,000 words in a month is achievable, it just takes discipline, courage and above all, a really good storyline!

Doing 50k in a month
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4 thoughts on “Doing 50k in a month

  • May 23, 2011 at 8:07 am
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    Good luck for the month ahead! It’s totally achievable for you 🙂 Can’t wait to read about your progress.

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    • May 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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      I will be posting regularly to my blog, and all will be revealed on Friday as to which story gets chosen. The excitement is building people!

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  • May 23, 2011 at 10:15 am
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    Fifty thousand words in a month is achievable, life just gets in the way. Best of luck with SoCNoC.

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    • May 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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      Yes, here’s hoping there are no storms or insurance events occur next month – work really does interfere with writing sometimes 🙂

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