I have begun the 30-day self-inflicted joyous torture that is NaNoWriMo. That's short for "National Novel Writing Month." The goal is to write 50,000 (unedited) words. I've already accomplished this wonderful feat in 2007 and 2010. Back in 2005 (I think) I tried for the first time and fell flat on my face having only written about 10,000 words.
Right now, I am only at a mere 3,000 words, which puts me behind schedule. Each writer should average 1667 words a day. So at the end of Day 4, I would need to be at 6,667 words.
But hey -- I just took an actuarial exam a few days ago, and I always need a while to chillax and play NotDoppler games and unwind. It's amazing that I got out 3,000 words. You can see the first 1,000 words (I did say it was unedited - just to warn you of its terribleness) and visit my profile.
This year I'm going to use the 50,000 words to spit out several short stories, which I will then crank out through the big edit/critique machine over the next few months. My goal is to sell something in 2013.
But first to survive this month ... here is my schedule (2,200 a weekday, 4,250 over the weekend, and some time off for Thanksgiving).
Week #1 = 3,000 words. --already past--
Week #2 = 15,250 words.
Week #3 = 15,250 words.
Week #4 = 5,500 words.
Week #5 = 11,000 words.
If you haven't done NaNoWriMo yet, I belatedly invite you to join. We can be behind together!