Nanowrimo 50 000 Words!

“Wat! Ek moet mal wees, 50 000 woorde! End dit vir niks? Ek kan skaars 20 sinne by mekaar krap. Dit sal jy wees wat so mal is!” – says my mom to me after I told her that I’m considering signing up for Nanowrimo.

Now I’m sure some of you are like, “NANOWHAT?!”, exactly my reaction when I read about it in Surviving Jonkersville blog a week ago. I actually thought it MUST be a computer game of some sorts. Then I turned to my old friend Google…

Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, November 1 – 30. You sign up and write a novel in 30 days. You commit to a minimum of 50 000 words. 50 000!!

Well, I’m seriously considering signing up. I already drafted a storyline, or to be more accurate, three sentences! But I have it all in my head, my only concern is, 50 000 words! And, the reality of my life – working full time and parenting two, and volunteering AND then of course, sleeping…eating…cleaning, cooking, no wait – I don’t do domestics!

“Kai do you think I can write 50 000 words in a month”
“Yes. And what do you win?”
“Nothing. I will have to write 50 000 words, create a storybook in one month, in November. Do you think I can do it”
“I’m telling you, just do it. What will the name of your story be?”
“I don’t know…”

And well, this is where my conversation ended with my son. Bless his sweet soul, he has such confidence in me! A seed has been planted, maybe it will grow and bloom in November. Only time will tell…

Have you written a novel or did you participate and complete Nanowrimo? Do you have any tips?