Endeavors: National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo

The first of November marks the beginning of the National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. Typically, I do not partake in this endeavor primarily because I simply don’t have the time… but nowadays with so many writing projects up the air I figured that this year (2012) I would give NaNoWriMo a shot.

One problem… most of my current writing projects involve scripts… which would fit more in Script Frenzy which unfortunately closed their program in April 2012… doesn’t mean I can’t use it for my own uses though, does it?

So what is the purpose or goal for NaNoWriMo? According to their website:

National NovNational Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Compare that to Script Frenzy:

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April.

But how do they compare?

Breaking NaNoWriMo down mathematically…
– each page on an 8.5 x 11in with 1-in spacing would give anywhere between 450 – 500 pages
– 450 to 500 pages into 50,000 words would give anywhere between 100 – 115 pages
– with 30 days in November that would give approximately 3 – 4 pages per day

Granted another way of looking at it is that:
– 50,000 words into 30 days would be approximately 1650 to 1700 words per day… which again goes into about 3 – 4 pages per day

So let’s compare that to Script Frenzy, at least mathematically…
– 100 pages broken down in a 30-day month (like November) would give 3 pages per day with every third day being four pages

Not exactly all that bad… until you try to sit down an actually start writing. Heck one of my friends was already whining about not being prepared until I broke it down for her and she realized that she is actually almost done with her third page.

As for me? I’m behind… but I write… a lot… for blogs… so this should be cake for me right? We’ll see. Heaven knows I have a few writing projects in the pipeline it is just the matter of sitting down and actually getting them done. So let’s see how I do it.

In fact what I will do is this: I will provide daily updates (where applicable) of my writing progress in my writing blog: Beyond the Abyss. While I will give weekly updates here on my primary blog, then from there we will see where I go. Let’s hope I hit the intended goals. 🙂