THIS IS FOR YOU, NANOWRIMO PEOPLE. I have slaved and slaved and written you a blog post on how to write your 1st draft in 20 days. Or something.
HOW TO WRITE YOUR FIRST DRAFT IN 20 DAYS
I know you NaNoWriMo junkies are freaking out about this right now. This. This thing of being able to write a whole novel in 1 month. You bite your nails and elbows and neighbors and whatever else you can bite, wondering, "Can I do it? Can I? Is there a magic formula?" Well, I am NOT doing NaNoWriMo. In fact, I've never done it. But I'm doing my own NaNoWriMo in that I'm writing the 1st draft of CORNERS right now, and by my calculations the whole thing will be done in 20 days.
"That is crazy," you say.
"No, it isn't," I say.
Here are the numbers for you, and then we'll discuss how I'm doing it and how you can do it too.
I have started writing CORNERS on October 6th going at a rate of roughly 5.4K words a day. I have days when I write 6.8K words, I have days when I write 3.2K words. It all evens out in the end. As of writing this blog, it has been 9 days since I've started it, and the total count of words is 48.6K, which is roughly half of the whole draft, since my 1st drafts tend to be around 100K words. Or something. Sometimes they spill into the 120K range. I might miss the mark and slow down as I get closer to the end, but I don't think this story will get over 100K. Even if it will, I'll still finish it in about 20 days. Or something.
Anyway. Let me detail my process for you, because I'm doing a new thing this time. I'm writing this 1st draft unlike I've written any of the other 1st drafts before.
(Cause if you read more, you get a monkey. )