November 1st signals the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or NaNo for short. Once more, authors and wannabes sign up, pledging to write 50,000 words. I succumbed to temptation, selected a story idea, wrote an outline, and committed to completing 1,667 words every day. Then I changed my mind. Not on competing, but on how to win.
I discovered Reverse NaNo. This format front-loads the word count, taking advantage of the excitement that accompanies the start of any new project. Day One requires a word count of 3,346 with falling requirements on successive days. By November 15, the halfway point, I have fewer than the prescribed daily minimum to add. On the final day, I need a single word to reach the goal.
I am very excited about this approach and eager to try it. I am looking forward to this because, in previous years, life drama intervened, with random days where I couldn’t complete the target. Making up a missed day was difficult. With successive fewer words, staying even does not feel as daunting. I’m planning a good night’s sleep before I am off to the races.
Are you taking part in NaNo?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer