Lifehacker Is Doing NaNoWriMo Again

Lifehacker Is Doing NaNoWriMo Again

Last year, I took part in the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a novel in 30 days, and I succeeded. So naturally, this year I’m doing it again.

Unlike last time around, I’m not planning an ongoing series of Lifehacker posts about the experience: I figure the lessons would be much the same, and you can easily read them all if you want to. I hadn’t originally intended to do it again, but then an idea snuck up on me, and I realised that having a fixed deadline would make it much more likely I’d produce a first draft. (Once again, Gizmodo editor and Kidman sibling Alex is also doing the challenge, which provides an additional incentive to stick to the task.)

I’m following the same basic approach, scheduling time every day in November so I can produce the required 1700 words a day needed to get to the 50,000 word total by the end of the month. I’m also not using a separate writing machine this time around, trusting instead to my Eee PC as my main writing tool. But if I do make any interesting new discoveries, I’ll share them.

Incidentally, if you’re thinking “OK, so what happened to last year’s novel?”, watch this space . . .


  • Ive decided to take part for the first time. I’m sticking with Google Docs, because I cant install dropbox on my work computer. Ive got a number of 4pm-midnight shifts where not much happens, so I’ll have plenty of time to work on it. Im going in without any sort of plan at all…could get messy.

  • I’ll be doing this again.

    I’m yet to write a single word but I have a title: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.

    I also have a pretty decent idea of what is happening at the end of the first chapter. The clue is in the title.

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