Can you write a novel in 30 days? Go NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo is on again…

… and I haven’t written one word yet.

Yes, that’s right. National Novel Writing Month began on Saturday (1st November) and besides giving a cursory “Hmm. What shall I write about this year?” to it, I have yet to meet my 1667 daily word count.

So, for those of you who haven’t heard me blither on about it before, Nano is about writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Thus the 1667 per day word count thing.

Last year I think I wrote 800 words. The year before was a much sounder effort: 17,000 words.

The great thing about Nano, and why I persist despite less than perfect results in previous years, is that it’s about just writing – getting the words on paper (or screen as the case now may be). And it’s fun to lock the inner-editor outside for 30 days while you get poorly-formed characters to have ridiculous adventures full of dreadful dialogue. How many times in your life do you get to have this much fun?

Anyhoo. Now that I’ve told you about it, I suppose I better start writing.

There’s plenty of time if you’d still like to join in. Just go to, register, and start typing!