The Grand Word Count Challenge!
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.