Wednesday, October 28, 2009

30 Days of NaNo

I consider myself to be a fast writer. I wrote the first draft of The Deathday Letter in six weeks. But I have a schedule. I write in the morning, averaging about 2600 words four days per week. Usually I'm too mentally drained when I get home from work to write in the evenings.

However NaNo is going to force me to work a little differently. If I write every day, I'll need to average about 1667 words per day. I figure the best way for me to do it will be to get out of my comfort zone. Get away from my desk. Away from my favorite comfy shorts with the rip in the bum. I'm going to have to work at night and in the morning and before work and on lunch and at the beach and in my Jeep.

To help me in my endeavor, I bought a Dell Mini 10v that I'm going to hack to run OS X 10.6. Gizmodo has a great tutorial on doing this. I found a refurbed one on Dell's site with 6 cell battery for about 7 hours of use for $319. Sure, I could use my regular laptop, but it's a beast to carry and it's got a functional battery life of about 2.5 hours, and the point is to get out of my comfort zone, to push my boundaries. That's what this is all about.

In keeping with the theme, I'll be posting every day. My stats, challenges, how much coffee I've had, how much I spilled on my pants.

So, write on.

That was lame. I know.


  1. If you can do 2600 words a morning + still have a full-time job, you can definitely squeeze in (or out?) another 1700 at other times. Good idea to challenge your comfort zone.

    I thought about your NaNo project the other day when I accidentally deleted my whole manuscript. I have backups, etc, but O, how I love the Undo function!

  2. Ack! That sounds scary. I'm always petrified of doing something like this, which is why I subscribe to that apple MobileMe cloud. That way all my docs are saved out in the internets, away from my clumsy hands :)


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