“HYSRT!” or “NaNoWriMo, Eat Your Heart Out”

Hello, awesome-looking protagonist I’d like to get to know...

You think 50,000 words in 30 days is a feat? Try doing it five. Even I, who’ve written two 50k-plus novels in a month each – and, once, even a 25k-plus book in just under a week – have to pick up my jaw off of the floor at such a notion. 10,000 words written in a day: Possible, or out and out madness?!

            The correct answer is A) Possible. Author Rachel Aaron is living proof it can be done. And as I’ve just read a sample chapter of one of her books on her blog, Pretentious Title (which is one of the most applause-worthy names for a blog I’ve ever seen), and as I’m kind of jumping up and down inside to own the book, now (confession: The book kind of had me at the cover. I mean, LOOK at him! …I mean, ahem, “it”…), I’m inclined to believe these aren’t just the quantity-over-quality ravings of a quacksalver who can’t tell QWERTY from quill. (Never thought you’d see that many Qs in a sentence, did you?)

            From what I’ve seen of Pretentious Title, the blog isn’t hurting for attention. But never let it be said that Ever On Word nurses a bias against popular blogs. Big, small, medium, or custom-fit for peculiar body types, if I find a post I think you should read, I’m gonna say, “Hey, You Should Read This!”

            So whether you, too, are a writer, or simply someone in want of productivity principles that could perchance be adjusted to fit your personal pursuits (and now we’re going crazy with Ps… I guess it’s just an alliterative day for me), then do have a look at Rachel’s not-too-pretentiously-titled piece “How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day”.

18 thoughts on ““HYSRT!” or “NaNoWriMo, Eat Your Heart Out”

  1. I second this notion. The author did a very kind, helpful, and informative Q&A with everyone and anyone interested on the NaNo forums– which is not something many published authors would do.

    • Something like “C”, then — “all of the above”?
      P.S. — Big thanks to you and your current 10K-a-day challenge updates for setting me onto this. (:

  2. I mean to refer back to that particular blog entry… I’d read it once before, but I think it bears re-reading.

    I don’t expect to be writing 10K-a-day, any time soon… But if I can go from writing 200 words a day to anything north of a thousand… that would be huge for me.

    • Agreed; I know I’ll be going back for a refresher in prep for NaNo 2012.

      From 200 to 1000+ — a good 500% increase! That would indeed be an occasion for breaking out the celebratory happy dance. 😀

  3. Awww, you guys are too kind! I’m just happy I can pay it forward. I got where I am because other authors took time to write out advice for me, I would be an ungrateful person indeed not to try to do as much.

    I’m so glad the blog has helped, and thank you for the kind words. I really hope you enjoy the Eli books and the posts (I actually just posted one on editing if anyone’s interested).


    • The lady herself! *shoves clutter in the broom closet and lays out the fine china*
      Thanks for dropping in! I’m still hopping up and down with desire for that book collection (the word on Facebook is you’ve got a giveaway in the works! ^^), and I’m definitely planning to check out your latest post sometime before the day is out, so I’ll see you on the other side. (:

      • Yep, I’m doing a give away on my blog tomorrow! I’ll post links on FB and Twitter! Come by for a chance to win free books. I’ve actually got the omnibus in my hand right now. This thing is a phonebook! I can’t wait to give them away 😀

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