Mike Dariano


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7 Epiphanies from 7 Days of NaNoWriMo

After two stalled novel attempts, I've jumped in to National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. During this month any Tom Clancy, Richard Bachman, or Harry Potter author wannabe can write themselves a novel. All they need is to put 1,667 words on a page each day.

I haven't figured out how to keep my word count that high - as you'll see below - but I have learned a few things so far.

A) Writing takes time.

I did a timed writing and it looks like I'm writing about 35 word per minute (wpm). This means that the entire 50K word project will take almost 24 hours over the course of November. That's a lot of time. There won't be a single other thing I do this month that takes that long. This means that posts like this get a little less attention than they need and that the other things in my life, family and a bit of work, need more focus when I'm doing those things. That said,

B) I can find time.

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