#NaNoWriYe, or My crazy plan to write a half-million words in 2019

I completed my first NaNoWriMo this year and really enjoyed the experience. So much, in fact, that I’ve decided to completely overdo it and ruin the whole thing by keeping up a near-to-NaNoWriMo pace for an entire year. A #NaNoWriYe, if you will.

For a preternaturally slow writer like myself this is clearly a terrible idea. And, like all terrible ideas, it deserves bullet points:

  • My official goal is to write 500,000 words in one year. This feels more realistic and achievable than a true NaNoWriMo pace of 1,677 words per day, which would equal 612,105 words in a year. Plus, it just feels cool to say “a half-million words in one year”.

  • I plan to fully participate in NaNoWriMo 2019, so 50,000 of my 500,000 words will be written that month.

  • This leaves 450,000 words to write in 11 months, or an average of 1,344 each day.

  • This daily quota is a target, not a rule. I write a lot more on the weekend than during the work week, and if I skip a day here or there because of life, no big deal. It’s the average over the long term that matters.

  • Any creative writing outside my day job will count toward my total. I’ll be focused on the sequel to Manly Hero, but other prose, poems, or blog posts count. My ultimate objective is simply to spend more time on the page.

If you’re curious to see how my #NaNoWriYe goes, follow me here or on Twitter!

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