Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nearly Opposite of NaPoWriMo is a More Daunting Challenge

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one.
Mark Twain

One thousand, six hundred, sixty-six. The magic number and also a very daunting one.

I type at about thirty-four words per minute copying text, closer to forty or forty-five when writing straight from my brain. Sixteen sixty-six is around forty minutes of typing, provided I'm typing continuously, which makes typing continuously the greatest challenge.

I have participated in National Novel Writing Month three times and (Unofficial) Novel Planning Month twice. The first time I burned myself out in a week. The second time I thought about the details of the story too much and found them too far from reality to continue. The third time I was distracted by a person I had based one of my characters on who disagreed with choices I had made in the story (they were also my typist).

This year, if I do participate (it is still undecided) I will be typing my own story. The plan so far is not to be limited by one story, but as I have several currently in the works, to use them all to get me to the magic number as quickly as possible. This year the number is even more daunting because I have made a commitment and will be holding to it; that commitment is one blog post a day. I will not abandon you all to a writing challenge that I have failed thrice.
It is hardly my expertise to write prose, but this year I have nearly a year of dedicating portions of my day and week to writing prose, which has hopefully improved my reach. National Poetry Writing Month is more my forte.