Starting June 1st I’m going to spend at least 4 months every year writing daily for 30 straight days! The goal? Have a completed vomit draft novel that I will then edit, edit, edit, till it’s ready for public consumption! If I can write 4 novels a year that would keep me on track to staying ahead of my own release schedules. Especially, as I only scheduled myself to release 3 novels every year.

This idea only JUST came to me, meaning April, one of the months I’ve designated to be an NWM has come and gone. So this year I’ll only be writing 3 novels. If you haven’t guessed, my 4 NWM’s come from the ever-popular song “30 days hath September, April, June, and November.”

All the 30-day calendar months will be months I spend dedicated to writing a complete novel. And as I’ve been known to write a full 90K+ novel in half that time, I think pacing myself and spreading out my writing frenzy over a full 30 days instead of 2 weeks might do me good! But what I look forward to the most is just getting back to writing a full novel. As I look back on the time I spent getting my first book to the publish-window and use that as a road map to how long it will take the next book, I’m spending too much time preparing and not enough time producing. Of course, I’m saying this as I’m in the middle of writing 2 years worth of Stonehaven Fables. And while I love the challenge of writing short stories, nothing can compare to writing a full-length novel. I miss it and long to get back to it. I can think of no better month to implement the Novel Writing Month than my birthday month!

So, here is how these particular months will go. I’ve created a spreadsheet in order to keep track of how many words I write each day and I’ve also included a “goal” column to remind myself how much I would need to write on that particular day in order to stay on track to writing at least 90K words. I may have days I fall short and days where I double my intended word count but by the end, I will have a fully formed and fully horrid draft of crap! And it will be glorious!

Here is a screenshot of my spreadsheet. As you can see, I made Saturdays my highest word count days (when I can set the most time aside to write) and Sundays my lowest count as I spend my morning/afternoon at church and with my family. During the week (due to my 9-5 desk job) I try to set aside 2-3 hours of writing time when I get home from work.

What is your way of working? Do you like to quantify your daily goals or do you just shoot from the hip and whatever you write, you write? For me, personally, I like to see it all mapped out so I can visualize the end before I’ve reached it.

For my next post, I will share a little (or all depending on how I feel) of the outline for the story I intend on writing during this 30-day month. And if you want to watch me as I crank away daily, I think I’ll be able to commit to streaming myself writing for all 30 days. Here is a LINK to my Twitch Stream.


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E.L. Drayton

E.L. Drayton was born and raised in Bronx, NY. As the daughter of a former high school English teacher, she was taught how to read and write before she even started formal schooling. She picked up reading quickly and could understand books well beyond her age. Later, her passion for writing came as no surprise. Ever since she has spent countless years building a library of books from all sorts of authors. Each book improving her writing along the way. Her decision to become an independent author was her destiny. Currently, she's working on her own universe, Stonehaven, with many books planned. There's also a planned illustrated novel series called Twin Crossing. She resides in Los Angeles with her wife and their two puppies.