Every year, writers start November with aggressive goals and serious expectations. They will write 1,667 words every day. They will exceed 50,000 words by the end of the month. They will face challenges along the way, sure, but nothing will stop them from reaching their goal. They will finally write a novel.
This illustrates a more realistic NaNoWriMo chart as the month progresses.
Most of the writers who take up the challenge to write 50,000 words in a single month stop somewhere before hitting that goal. For many, it stops during the first week. By skipping just a few days, we become overwhelmed by higher word count goals for the rest of the month. Many stop before they had a chance to flesh out a single story line.
This is one of the reasons we started posting weekly writing prompts. To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, this month’s prompts focus on areas that inspire new story lines within current novels.
Still need help with your NaNoWriMo chart? Check out the NaNoWriMo writer’s toolbox.