A number of members in our writing group mentioned today that they are embroiled in the drama of their own stories to consider taking on a new project for the National Novel Writing Month. They agreed the grueling 1700 word count a day- or the 50,000 words within 30 days- was worthwhile goal, but couldn’t justify pulling themselves away from current stories.
I suggest they join unofficially.
The concept is the same, however; write 50,000 new words but they can stick with their own work. Most have hopes to exceed 100,000 or so anyway, so why not? They could gain the same benefits as official participants in the NaNoWriMo while joining in encouraging their fellow writers in their own goal setting madness.
So we worked out the follow plan for November for those unable to join the NaNoWriMo;
You must write 50,000 words. For official participants, you need to write your new project and start on November 1st. For everyone else, you start the feverish writing on the same date, but you can stick with the same project, providing the words are new.
You need to encourage your fellow writers- both the official participants as well as non-official participants. This includes the much needed ‘atta boy/girl’ phrases, the nudges to keep writing, and the promises of a party at the end of the month to celebrate.
See? Pretty basic, and anyone can join. I’ll even make some graphics to everyone who finishes November 31st so they can post on their blogs and web sites.
What do you think? Do you want to join?