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!