Nanowrimo – Day 1 Write a novel in a month? Arghh!

by Jo Franklin

November is traditionally Nanowrimo month which stands for National Novel Writing Month. All over the world people pledge to write a novel in November or at least 50,000 words of a novel.

nanowrimo shield

National Novel Writing Month Motif

Luckily as I am a children’s author, my books are never over 50,000. In fact I’ll struggle to find enough words to fill 50,000.

Normally I don’t bother with it. November is not generally a time when I am buckling down to a new book. That happens in September for me, or sometimes January or anytime when I get a contract. But as I find myself at a loose end this month and know that December is a write off for me for boring medical reasons, I decided to throw caution to the wind and sign up.

Loads of people in my writing community are also writing like mad this month. I don’t exactly know who and I don’t know how to make them my buddies on the Nanowrimo website. In fact I’m still working out how the Nanowrimo website works, but I have done my words today and managed to post them on the official website so that is an achievement.


Jo Franklin's Nanowrimo total Day 1

Day 1

In order to meet the 50,000 word target you have to write 1666 words a day, every day for the thirty days of November, so I’m ahead. Feel free to cheer now. It probably won’t last because I have a sore throat and a very busy calendar ahead this month, but 2394 is better than zero.

It’s 17.45 and I haven’t done any of the things I have to do today so I’m off now to send a few emails, cook supper and think about what I am going to write tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Nanowrimo – Day 1 Write a novel in a month? Arghh!

  1. Chitra Soundar says:

    Normally 1364 doesn’t sound so bad. But life gets in the way and being a children’s author means going to schools and meeting children and not writing. Perhaps if we all had a cave fitted like a study and someone bringing comfort food every few hours then maybe…

    • jofranklin says:

      I was dreaming last night about being able to afford to pay for the help that would free me up to be a proper writer. But I’m thinking that it is the tensions between our creative life and real life that inspire the creativity. However it would be nice to have a telepathic butler bringing healthy yummy snacks to my desk throughout the day.

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