As I did in 2011, I have entered the National Novel Writer’s Month extravaganza. For those who might not be familiar, Nanowrimo is an online rallying of writers with the goal to each pen 50,000 words in a month and have a good start on a novel.
Of course, here in Afghanistan, I am not expecting to write 50,000 words. I didn’t do it last year when I was unemployed and had all the time in the world, although I came sorta close. Here, I just don’t have the time. I work 12 hours a day, six days a week and six hours on my “day off”. I do like to occasionally do things like go to the gym, watch a little TV, read a book, or (gasp!) get some sleep. I want to more with my life than sit in front of computer at work and then in my room.
So with 50K words out of the realm of possibility, I am shooting to reach that total on a story that on November 1st was at 21,500. That’s 29,000 new words. That’s a little less than 1,000 words a night. Possible, I think.
(Yes, I know NaNoWriMo is supposed to be used to start new projects. I am making an exception for myself. I am using the site for the same purpose though – to push myself as a writer and keep track of the progress.)
It’s gonna be tough. There will be no room for error, no room for lack of discipline, no room for wasting the night on social media, and no room for wasting words on other sites.
I will still have a few posts on this site. My 8 months in Afghanistan post should be up mid-month, for example. And I will probably have a post or two on the latest Bus Leagues Baseball book.
Anyway, 29,000 words in 30 days. In Afghanistan. While working 12 hours a day.
By the way, I think might be the only one in Afghanistan doing NaNoWriMo. I searched the site for anyone else here doing the intense writing exercise to no avail. I hope I am not the only one.