My NaNoWriMo 2017 plan

Well here we are again, NaNoWriMo eve!

Tomorrow is the start of National Novel Writing Month, this year will mark my second go at it. Last year I decided to try it for the first time to challenge myself as a writer, and to finally write the story that I have had planned out in my head for about a decade.

The end result was How We Got Here, an epistolary novelette about Lorraine Ramieres’ 10 adult children writing letters to her expressing how they feel about her impending marriage to her long-term partner, Travis Lincolnson, and how they feel about Travis himself. I finished NaNoWriMo 2016 with a 74-page, 15,729-word novelette. Overall I was proud of what I had achieved, but also disappointed because I didn’t reach the goal of 50,000 words.

I’m hoping to reach the goal this time with my ironic plan of writing several 6-10 word novels/stories à la the six-word novel, For Sale: baby shoes, never worn, which has been attributed to Ernest Hemingway. For Sale: baby shoes, never worn is regarded as an extreme example of flash or micro fiction, so I’ve set up an apt WordPress blog especially for this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge, www.micronanowrimo.wordpress.com, with the equally apt title of “For Reading: Short Stories, Just Written“.

My plan is basically this:

50,000 words/30 days = 1,666.67 (round up to 1,667 words per day)

1,667 words/6 word stories = 277.8 (round up to 278)

1,667 words/10 word stories = 166.7 (round up to 167)

A minimum of 167 to 278 stories everyday.

278 x 6 x 30 = 50,040 words by November 30

167 x 10 x 30 = 50,100 words by November 30

I’m not sure if I’ll make all of the stories connect so it will be one, big online novel, or not. In all honesty I most likely won’t as it will be too difficult.

As I did last year, this year I will be chronicling my progress here.

So that’s my NaNoWriMo or should I say MicroNaNoWriMo plan! For my fellow writers who are also participating in NaNoWriMo this year, good luck and happy writing!

 

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