Goals: ERIS in a Month

I’m officially doing my own version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I can’t participate in the actual thing because my story is already started, but the idea of it has me inspired.

Here’s the deal:
~ I have a personal deadline of a novel-every-3mths and the next deadline is November (fun coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless). This is the only way I could think of to get all my planned works finished in a decent amount of time without anymore huge gaps between releases. (This is novels only, the novellas are whenever I feel like writing one.)

At first I was going to give up and let the deadline lapse, but — like I said — NaNoWriMo inspired me. I have five weeks until the end of November and I’m sure I can get Eris finished in that amount of time. The story is there (in my head), it just needs me to write it. Since I usually do some of my best work under pressure, I’m going to do this too.

Here’s the goal:
~ Every week — Monday thru Sunday — I shall write 14k-19k words. I’m not sure of the final length of Eris, but the dynamics of the story should make it longer than Serenity (64k words) but shorter than Adrienne (97k words). 14k-19k words a week (2k-3k words a day) would put the story between 70k-95k words final and that’s plenty to get the story finished.

Every Monday I will post an update on my progress. Hopefully, come the end of November, I will post that I’ve finished and about to send it off to my beta readers.

Slight Snafu:
~ My edits for Serenity start in November (not sure when in Nov) as well. So I’ll be working around that. But, working on two things at once will keep me from getting bored with one or the other.

I’m the type of person who will procrastinate by doing something else that needs doing, so both projects should benefit. Either that, or I’ll get a lot of novellas written in the month of Nov. We’ll see. 🙂

This goal starts 29 October 2007 and ends 30 November 2007. Afterwards, I want to never let another 3mth deadline lapse again. My thinking is simple: If I can write a novel in one month, then three months is plenty of time.


  1. Good luck to you. I know all about that whole planning stories and never getting them done thing. Good for you that you can keep a schedule. Me? I enjoy deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by. NaNoWriMo should be a fun experience for me.

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