There’s Something About Writing 50,000 Words in 30 Days
November —National Novel Writing Month—is here! And so begins a new trek towards 50,000 words.
If you are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, or are considering taking part, I recommend going directly to the NaNoWriMo website (here). The infamous purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words—or a “standard” full-length novel—in one month, but I (and, I’ve found over the past coupe of years, many other participants) want to emphasize that you will have the most fun if you make your writing goal personal, whether you can set aside one hour a week to write (as opposed to zero hours) or are able to find time to make it to the 50,000 word mark (or beyond!).
2018 was my most successful NaNoWriMo year: I wrote 50,425 words of a fantasy story that has grown into something even bigger since. I devoted 2019 to writing background and foundational details of that story, and ended up with over 25,000 more words. I managed to find over 50,000 more words in 2020, and just over 19,000 words last year. All for the one story that has truly been a labor of love.
I don’t plan on abandoning that story anytime soon, but I have set my sights on a new story for this November. If you’ve followed my reading updates this year, I have been relying heavily on Romance to uphold my reading hobby. So I’m going to try my hand at writing 50,000 words of a Romance novel.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, let me know! I’d love to support you and hear about your expectations and goals. Buddy up with me here (my username is kels.m) or leave your profile linked below.
And with that, I’m off to write! Best wishes to all fellow participants, and feel free to reach out here, on Twitter, or Instagram if you need a pep talk, to rant about your WIP, or just to say hi!
Did this years ago–takes a lot of focus, discipline, and inspiration.
Kelsey @ There's Something About KM