As I gear up for NaNoWriMo in the morning, I want to clarify
for myself (as well as for anyone who decides to keep tabs on me) exactly what
my purpose entails. I am aiming for a total of 50,000 words during the 30 days
of November, but I am not “writing a book,” nor will I have written a novel by
I’ve already expounded on my feeling that 50,000
words is much too short to be considered a novel.
2. All I hope to end up with are some pieces of a
story that can be expanded, elaborated upon, and stitched together with
eloquent transitions that turn them into parts of a novel.
3. As such, there will be days when I write part or
most of a distinct chapter. For example, the passage I plan to start with
tomorrow is part of the Prologue to the rest of my proposed book.
4. But there will also be times when I need to
write about the writing – to discuss the history behind an event, perhaps. That’s also going to happen tomorrow, I hope,
since the Prologue is based on a real natural disaster that turned the
Grenville legacy upside down. I’ll be
putting the story “behind this story” into the form of a blog post on my
5. My ultimate word count for the day will include
both the words of the prologue and the words of the blog.
6. And what appears in the blog will inform and
enrich what appears in the prologue (I hope!)
I figure that how I count up my words is my choice. As long
as they are new, and creative, and not just blathering drivel, they count. And
since I’m accountable only to myself, there should be no accusations of “cheating”