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One Man Writes 50,000 Words In 10 Hours!

If you’re on social media, you might be aware that November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as “NaNoWriMo” in trendy, social media speak.

I think it’s awesome to set aside a month like this as a way to encourage writers, but I also think budding novelists should temper their expectations in thinking they can finish an entire 50,000 word novel, from writing, to proofing, to editing, in 30 days. As I tweeted the other day, “If you somehow manage to write an entire novel in 30 days, be sure to hire a good editor.”

The idea being that the quality of your work will be affected by trying to condense the type of work it requires to complete a novel into 30 days. Why not go for 90 days instead?

Anyway, the YouTube German comedian Flula attempted to conquer NaNoWriMo last year, and the results speak for themselves.

His novel looks like an absolute winner, and he even allowed us, via video, to peak into the moment when he crosses the 50,000 word boundary. It’s pure elation.

You must watch this. Be inspired.

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  1. That’s a funny bit by Flula, but I think you have some misconceptions about NaNoWriMo. As someone who has participated several times (though not this year), I can tell you that the point is NOT to have a finished product at the end of 30 days. The point is to ignore the disabling influences of writer’s block, preemptive editing, etc. and just vomit as many words onto the page as you can. Revision and editing come later. I’ve been part of groups which write in November, take December off to recover, and then meet again in January to start the revision process.

    There is benefit to this. As a writer yourself, I’m sure you know that sometimes you have to produce a few pages of nonsense to achieve a page of solid prose. That’s what NaNo writers are all trying to do, on a grand scale, and with a huge network of supporters. I would recommend the experience to anybody!

    Here is more info: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/whatisnano

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    November 5, 2012
    • Ah, thanks for the clarification. My impression from the people trying to do it on Twitter was that they were trying to have a complete manuscript in a month. But that makes more sense.

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      November 5, 2012
      • Heh, well maybe some of them are. But they’re the same people who think they will get famous by self-publishing a 175-page novel.

        Someone on my Twitter feed had some hilarious remark about November, the month when everybody spends one week writing a novel and three weeks feeling really guilty that they quit writing the novel.

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        November 5, 2012
  2. alicebrook1502 #

    I fully agree with Erin there

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    November 5, 2012
  3. Seconding alice. Erin has it right.

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    November 5, 2012
  4. My goal for this month is like Erin says, “to vomit as many words on to the page as I can.”

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    November 5, 2012
  5. dste #

    Yes, I agree, that’s what most people try for. I’m doing NaNo this year, but I’m being a rebel. Basically that means that instead of starting a whole new novel, I’m continuing one I’ve already started writing. Basically, I’m just trying to write as much as I can this month. I think having the goal and all the support is great.

    Do I expect to be done at the end of the month? No, but I want to see how far I can get. It is possible to bend the experience to your needs as a writer.

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    November 5, 2012
    • That’s the same way I’m using Nano. It’s more of a push and reminder to write, rather than hitting that 50,000 mark exactly. And, honestly, 1,600 words a day isn’t too crazy of a burden. if adequate time is given for them. Good luck on yours!

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      November 6, 2012
  6. I wonder just how many fully formed words a person actually writes in a month. Between texting, email, twitter etc, I bet the number is actually quite high. (thirty-three in this comment alone.)

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    November 5, 2012
  7. Reblogged this on All Paranormal Writing and commented:
    I can’t imagine doing this. Can you?

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    November 5, 2012
  8. Rita Bellinger #

    Reblogged this on The Wordy Photographer.

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    November 5, 2012
  9. jasonthemessiah #

    This is incredible! Think of the book deals he could get!

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    November 8, 2012

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