So, today, against my better judgement I decided that two weeks from tomorrow I will begin taking place in National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo). For those who have not heard of NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in the month of November. My current book is right now in the hands of my developmental editor, so I am left manuscript-less for an unforeseen amount of time. I figure this is an excellent opportunity to get a jump-start on the sequel to my current project.

Generally, the goal for NaNoWriMo is to write 1,667 words per day. This is about 2-4 hours of steady writing time. I have decided to try a reverse plan as seen on this site – https://dailydishrecipes.com/reverse-nanowrimo/

The goal of the reverse plan is to start with a high word count, and steadily taper it off, so that by the second half of the month, you are writing less than the average, and by the last day you only have to write one word. This works for people like me who often start a project with a high level of motivation, only to have it quickly dwindle like an unattended campfire.

To complete the reverse plan, I will have to write over 3,000 words per day for the first three days and over 2,500 for the first eight days. Fortunately, I am able to decrease my journalism workload for a week and hopefully pull it off. I think I can do it.

Though, when my other manuscript is passed back to me from my developmental editor, I will have to focus my attention on that instead. The way I see it, I will end up with a great jumping off point to my next book either way – whether I can focus on NaNoWriMo for all of the thirty days, or for just part of the month.

If you want to follow my progress, feel free to check out my page on NaNoWriMo dot Org.

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jacquicastle/novels

If you haven’t yet, feel free to follow the progress of my current book – The Walls are Closing In (The Seclusion) on Inkshares. Expected release Summer 2018.

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