the bell of the ball
Do you hear that? It is not a loud sound, but it is insistent – the tapping of keys, the drip of sweat and blood and molten ideas.
It is the first day of November, and the NaNoWriMo bell has rung.
Thirty days to write a roughly novel-shaped thing of at least 50,000 words.
50,000 words is a lot to write in one go, but NaNoWriMo makes it easy: you only need to write 1,667 words a day to reach 50k in a thirty day month like November. If you type fast you can have that done in an hour; you don’t have to type fast to have that done in two. You just need to sit in front of the keyboard and put words down.
What I’m Doing
This year I am writing a science fiction novel called Shapes of Chance, about a young woman who finds out she can see probability. My intention is to have a manuscript of publishable length, which for adult science fiction is at least 80,000 words – 100k would be preferred. So my goal is 100k this month, and I have the 100-square maze to match.
That’s about three hours of typing a day, every day. We’ll see if that works out or not. I’ve had enough 5K and 10k days in the past that it’s plausible, I think, if not exactly likely.
Where You Can Find Me
Here is my NaNoWriMo profile: Dunx – follow me there to see how my official word count is doing, and feel free to add me as a writing buddy.
I will be posting word count updates here, just as I did last year, with the addition of word count tweets via my Twitter account: @DunxIsWriting.
But now… to the word mines!