November is upon us, have you started on that novel yet? That’s right, once again it is National Novel Writing Month. Beginning November 1st, participants (over 165,000 in 2009!) attempt to write a 50,000 word novel from scratch, completing it by midnight, November 30th. We’ve blogged about National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) here on DCPLive before, so this year I’ve decided to introduce an alternative, for those daunted by the prospect of churning out a 175 page novel in under 30 days.
That alternative is 750words, a website whose purpose is to help facilitate the writing process. The idea is based on a concept from The Artist’s Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity called morning pages. The creator of the site explains:
Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day.
The site makes it easy by offering features such as automatic scrolling and saving as you write and a word counting function which informs you when you’ve reached the goal of 750 words (As the site explains “250 words per page is considered to be the standard accepted number of words per page. So, three standard pages are about 750 words.“). Try it out, and maybe by next year you’ll be ready for the 50,000 word NaNoWriMo challenge.