Writing Can Be Murder

October 28, 2007

FiThBoByEnOfYe — aka My version of NaNoWriMo

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:25 pm

This is all Kate Perry’s www.kateperry.com fault! I had to use math (gasp!) to figure this whole thing out. I blogged about NaNoWrimo last week and Kate asked if I was signing up. I hadn’t even considered signing up, but then she went and planted this little bug in my ear and it buzzed and it buzzed.

But I said, “NO! I already have three drafts of books I’m trying to finish by the end of the year.” (Plus there’s the new one I started recently, which is my nighttime treat, but we don’t talk about that one, because it stresses somebody out.)

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

So I totalled up how many words I need to finish.

Farce — 12,000

Suspense — 35,000

Fantasy — 40,000

87,000 words total

Subtracting  family obligations and plans I’ve already made, I’ve got about 7 weeks to work with until the end of the year. If I only write five days each week (giving myself one day to edit and one mental health break) I’ve got about 35 good days of writing time left.

Did you know that if you write 2500 words for 35 days, you end up with 87,500 words? Which is almost exactly what I need to complete my three WIPs. Therefore, I’ve decided that in the spirit of NaNoWrimo, I will do: FiThBoByEnOfYe

FInish THree BOoks BY ENd OF YEar

I start Monday.

What are you trying to accomplish by the end of the year?



  1. I’m trying to finish one WIP. Revise one for my publisher and two others to submit for publication. I made the goal to send out 6 queries to agents by the end of the year. Let’s see if I can do it. (Get the cajones, not necessarily write them.)

    And Jennifer know that I’m rooting for you. (87k in 35 days?) Definitely rooting for you.

    Comment by Melissa Blue — October 28, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

  2. Good luck Melissa!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 28, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

  3. Everyone blames me, but that’s okay–I’m comfortable acting as the scapegoat. I’ve got a great guilty-yet-innocent expression I can use.

    Dude, 2500 in a day is totally doable. Maybe I’ll join in. I’ve been thinking I’d like to write a third book by the end of the year. I just have to figure out the plot. And the characters.

    Comment by Kate Perry — October 29, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  4. Dude, you should totally do it. C’mon, join me! Fly be the seat of your tutu!

    Maybe when you’re not dressing up like SuperKate you can dress up like ScapegoatGirl!!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 29, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

  5. GO, Jen!!!!!!

    Comment by Cyndi — October 29, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  6. Oh, wait … that means you can make me feel even worse that you’ve COMPLETED three MORE books while I’m still in chapter 4. Though hopefully I’ll be well beyond that by the end of the year! 😉

    Comment by Cyndi — October 29, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  7. Gimme a J! Gimme an E! Gimme an N! You can do it!! My goal is to finish SOMETHING. I’ve got so many things in the works. I’ve been going to town on the ST paranormal, so if I can finish that before Thanksgiving I’d be thrilled and knock out another novella before Christmas…

    Comment by bgardner — October 30, 2007 @ 7:42 am

  8. Cyndi — You’re making great progress on your book. Keep it up!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 30, 2007 @ 8:26 am

  9. B — Wow, those are ambitious goals. I’m impressed and I know you can do it!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 30, 2007 @ 8:27 am

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