As a number by itself, it doesn’t represent a whole lot. Sure, at one point $1667 could buy you a new car. Now it would buy you a car that you’d want to trade in on a new car. 1667 wasn’t even a noteworthy year, as far as history is concerned. John Milton sold the copyright to Paradise Lost. Pope Clement IX succeeds Pope Alexander VII, becoming the 238th pope.
Not exactly earth shattering events.
However, for writers, 1667 will define the month of November for writers everywhere. NaNoWriMo kicks off less than 12 hours from now. And 1667 is the number of words of fiction that need to be written to meet the goal of 50,000 by the end of the month.
It’s an exercise with a goal in mind; You want to be a writer? You need to get your butt in the chair and hands working the keyboard everyday. Everyday!
Just to put this into perspective; If you miss one day, 1667 becomes 1724. No big deal, right? Miss two days, 1785. It’s ok, you’re good. Now let’s say you skip a week. That manageable 1667 words per day is now 2273. 2000 words per day is Stephen King’s daily goal, according to On Writing. So if you get started a week late, you would have to out-pace Stephen fricking King to meet the goal of 50,000 words for the month.
I would love to have that kind of productivity, but for NaNoWriMo, that would be like having a gun to your head.
Still, this is what a great many writers look forward to every year. There is an incredible sense of accomplishment upon completing the exercise. Speaking from experience, it shows you what you can accomplish when your focused on your craft and can be the beginning of lasting writing habits. And let’s be honest, to be successful in the new age of publishing, one needs to produce new material constantly. I would recommend any serious aspiring writer to take the challenge and get a sense of what it takes to be successful.
There is a large NaNoWriMo community out there for support. There is, more than likely, a local NaNo group hosting events throughout the month of November. It’s a lot of work, but it’s great fun and the interaction with your fellow writer, locally, can foster relationships useful in your writing future.
Visit: www.nanowrimo.org for more information. Sign up there and locate the local group in your area.
You won’t regret it!
As usual, I am woefully unprepared and I will be one of those that will struggle to get it done. But I will work my ass of to get it done. Even if I come up short by a couple of thousand words, I will be a better writer for it.
In the little bit of time I’ve spent writing this post, I’ve composed almost 500 words. Just like that, almost 1/3 of my daily count would have been completed. Now all I need, is a good idea…
Good luck to us all!!!