Experiment #2: NaNoWriMo

If playing WoW for 20 days was Experiment #1, then writing a novel in 30 days will be Experiment #2. EDIT: And I actually finished early!

First off, I list some runner-up experiment/project ideas suggested by people in the audience like you:

  • Knitting (Larry)
  • Polyphasic Sleep (Richard)
  • Quant Fund (Yingnan)

Knitting doesn’t seem quite as jolly an idea, so that was stricken off the list. My sleep schedule is already messed up as it is, and I am trying to fix it, not make it worse, so that went off as well. Finally, I don’t understand nearly enough about math, economics, and finance to be be able to set up a quant fund, so that’s gone. Thanks for the ideas though!

The suggestion I chose was actually made a few months ago.


NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. For mathematically-inclined persons, that is an average of 1667 words a day. For everyone else, well, just write and check your word count every once in a while. And since this project is open to anyone, I’m inviting all of you to give this novel idea a try as well. (Haha, get it?)

Right now, I still have no idea what I’ll be writing. The rules allow you to plan out as much of the novel as possible, as long as you don’t start writing the novel! You can write down the plot, the theme, the characters, just not the actual book. And it begins on November 1, lasting through November 30. So, we have one week left before it starts.

My only prior experience in novel-writing is an attempt I made this summer to write a science-fiction novel. I stopped at around 25% through the first draft, at just over 15,000 words. NaNoWriMo requires a totally new novel, so I am not going to be continuing this story.

One week left.

Happy novel planning!

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