I just finished participating in a Novel Push Initiative being hosted by Merrilee Faber at Not Enough Words. For 3 weeks, I wrote every day, even on the weekends when I usually don’t. My final word count was 13,746, which is not shabby for 21 days of writing. I had a couple of marathon days in there, so my average was somewhere around 650 words even though the daily minimum was only 25o words. I’m really pleased with that. Anyway, since I had such fun, I decided to host a Novel Push Initiative for October. From October 1-31, the goal is to write every day. It’s all about creating good writing habits and making the push, even if it’s just a small one of 250 words.
So, without further ado, The Rules (which I have swiped shamelessly from Merrilee, who in turn had swiped them shamelessly from Nick Enlowe, creator of the NPI):
NPI is for: Anyone having trouble making progress on their WIP, anyone finding it difficult to develop a habit of writing daily, anyone who is looking for motivation and support from fellow writers.
Who it’s not for: If you’re already pumping out daily words, this is not the challenge for you! Go get yourself geared up for Nano.
- Event will run from October 1 to October 31 (just in time to go celebrate All Hallows Eve)
- Pick just one project for this event (preferably something novella/novel-sized) No project hopping allowed this time unless you happen to finish one and want to move on to your next project.
The way we did it with Merrilee works, so I’m keeping it:
- If this is your first time doing NPI, your daily goal is 250 words.
- If this is your second time doing NPI, your daily goal is 350 words
- If you are an NPI veteran, you can either go with 350 words, or nominate your own daily count.
- You’ll need to publish your daily word counts every day by midnight either by commenting here on my blog or on Twitter. Please use #NovelPI (npi is taken) and @kaitnolan to make sure I can find your tweet.
The simplest Tweet can look like this:
@kaitnolan 350 words. #novelpi
11:59 PM Sept 29th from web.
- Of course, you’ll want to double-check your local settings to make sure it matches your time zone.
And just in case, it might be a good idea to say what day you’re reporting in case you’re on the opposite side of the globe from me, so I don’t get confused.
As this is a slightly longer marathon, but still only 4 weeks, there will be no project hopping. You will write and post your daily count until either you miss a day, or you write ‘the end’.
Those of you writing over 350 words can have one (1) day of reprieve, where you can skip writing.
I will post 7 day updates on everyone’s progress. The progress meter is as follows (also stolen from Nick):
- A “Knock-out” is 0-249 words.
- An “Update” is 250-999 words.
- A “Session” is 1,000-1,667 words.
- A “Tougher-than-NaNo” is anything greater than 1,667.
- An “End of the Book” is when you’ve completed your WIP and typed ‘THE END’.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? (do I still need to mention that I stole this?):
- At the very minimum, if you keep up, you’ll end up with 7,750-10,850 words added to your work-in-progress. This is a great kick-in-the-butt for procrastinators!
- I think you’ll find NPI is surprisingly uplifting and friendly—everybody participating (and the people watching from the sidelines) tend to be extremely supportive. Which leads me to…
- You’ll meet lots of new friends! 😀
So, who’s in? Leave your name, the title of your WIP, and a link to your blog and/or twitter account in the comments. You have until Thursday morning to sign up.