NaNoWriMo 2012 progress forms
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Every November, thousands of writers sign up for the National Novel Writing Month
(NaNoWriMo). I'm not going to try and explain it all, especially since they have an excellent FAQ on the site, but basically you commit to writing 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. That works out at 1667 words per day, every day, and it's an excellent way to force yourself to write. Do you have a dusty old plot waiting to be written, or have you always wanted to sit down and write? This is your chance. (Further down the page you'll also find my handy tips for winning NaNoWriMo.)
(If you do sign up for NaNoWriMo, my profile is here)
I'm the programmer behind yWriter5 (for Windows), but for Mac there's always the excellent Scrivener:
middle-grade scifi novel was written during Nano 2010.
Now, despite all those winning efforts I'm pretty bad when it comes to getting on with things: I procrastinate until just before the deadline, then go mad at the last minute to hand them in on time. You can't do that with 50,000 words of fiction, which is one of the reasons I set up this page with my NanoWrimo progress form. I find I work best by crossing off daily word counts, taking small nibbles of the bigger task. To that end, I've come up with a spreadsheet you can use to track your own progress.