Monday, January 01, 2007

The Grand Word Count Challenge!

Right, so...Lucy Diamond has challenged me to the novelist's ultimate test - which of us can finish our new books faster?

By coincidence, we both start writing our next novels tomorrow - my fifth, her third (though Lucy has also written squillions of great kids' books). And so we're going to use the spirit of healthy rivalry to see how quickly we can get the first drafts together. Obviously, we're hoping not to sacrifice Quality for Quantity but then again first drafts are notoriously rough so it's the word count that...um...counts.

But I reckon this could be a bigger thing than a daggers-at-dawn-duel. Are you on the cusp of a new book? Or even your first? Join us! And if you have a blog, it'd be cool if you could link to me and Lucy, and invite others to get counting. Kind of like National Novel Writing Month, except a month has always seemed a bit insane to me - and actually Nanowrimo stipulates 50,000 words, which is more of a novella. I'm aiming at between 4 and 6 months for the first draft of around 100,000 words, but will be doing sums this week to set definite targets.

Go on. Take a leap. Join us! Not all resolutions have to be horrid. This could be fun...Or terrifying. Or both.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, this sounds like just the kick up the pants I need... count me in!

Ready.. steady... eek! Exciting but daunting.

4:17 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Sounds like lots of fun.
On your marks ...
I would do it, but I have 'my other work' in January and am already 42,000 words into new novel. My aim for the year is to finish it. I need a kick into gear. If you post your wordcount in February and it is similar to my current one ... then I'll join the race. If that's ok????
Cx

4:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You visited my blog today, Kate, (thanks!!!) so you may already know that I have about 500 words written. Would love to join in but doubt very much whether I would be able to keep up with you professionals as it is my first attempt at a novel and I have lots of other things going on....

5:01 pm  
Blogger Bernardine Kennedy said...

COunt me in! Maybe.... my good intentions often fall by the wayside come Jan 2nd but as I am about to start my next book maybe I can now be motivated by competitiveness?? Hmmmmmmm.
PCs at the ready.....

7:52 pm  
Blogger leatherdykeuk said...

I'm tempted. I started Harold & Jasfoup book 4 in October, broke off from it to write the 70K murder mystery 'Screaming Yellow' for Nano, and trying to force myslef to finish the former before starting another (shesh... I haven't sold any of the other 5 yet). So good luck, and perhaps I'll join you next year.

8:06 pm  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Count me in too. I need something to get me going and this might be it. I try not to be competitive but when it happens...

7:26 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

I'm still likely to be twiddling around with the edits on my first novel this month, but am champing at the bit to get on with no 2.

Procrastination is my middle name, so yes, count me in!!

cheers
Jane

8:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is brilliant...look forward to seeing how everyone's getting on over the next few months. I'm feeling really excited about typing those magic words Chapter One on my pc now!

9:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in! 250 words to start.

Great idea.

Thanks,

Liz

9:53 am  
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