Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sometimes it's about quantity and not quality

As you may or may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month.

I've been writing about needing a jump start for a while. The stated goal of "NaNoWriMo" is to write a 175 page (50,000 word) novel by midnight on November 30. I owe a certain somebody a screenplay, and so I may make it my goal to write 50,000 words instead of a novel per se. ("50,000 words?" you may say. "That's a really long screenplay. True enough, but the goal is 50,000 words, not a 50,000 word screenplay. If I fit some prose in, all the better.)

So if 50,000 words is 175 pages, then we're assuming 285 words per page. Spread over 30 days, that's about 6 pages or 1667 words per day.

Anyone else on board? T-minus seven days and counting.


Andrew said...

I'm in.

Anonymous said...

How about shooting for one short story a day? Or is that pussing out in the eyes of wouldbe novelists?

Gavin said...


I'm all about the 50,000 words. Chapters, short stories, they're all the same thing. I think we're taking a very broad view of the word "novel" for this thing, or at least I am. After all, a large portion of my "novel" will be an entirely unrelated screenplay.