1,000 words a day is about my limit for long-term productivity. I've definitely written more during bursts of creativity and cooperation from the kids in terms of their napping/social calendar/sporting event schedules, but I work better under a little less pressure :) Plus, I'm a weenie and I'd rather cheer for everyone else!
So what do agents say about National Novel Writing Month. Contrary to what some think, agents and editors do not cringe at the concept of writing a novel (or a solid base of one) in a single month. Many a seasoned author rolls up his/her sleeves during November to crank out a load of words and many an agent cheers for writers who attempt to "win" NaNo~ check out these recent tweets from Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary:
@RomanceUniv post this month will be about #NaNoWriMo = DO EET! Seriously, I'm a huge fan. Go! Go! Go! *cheerleader*
Day Two of
#NaNoWriMo = remember, for this adventure, just write every day. Forget about self-editing and just write. *cheers*
What agents and editors do seem to mind is the lack of follow-through.
Here are a few recent agent/editor thoughts from Twitter to keep in mind as you set your querying/submission goals for those fabulous NaNo projects:
@sarahlapolla Sarah LaPolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Oh hey, it's November. Happy
participating writers! Write your heart out! (Then REVISE before querying!)
@byobrooks Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management
I applaud you. I also urge you not to query agents Dec. 1 with your new novel.
It won't be ready yet.
Georgia N. McBride
@Georgia_McBride Georgia McBride of Month9Books
Ppl, listen to the agents when they ask you NOT to query your
#NaNo novel in December or even January.
Revision takes time. #yalitchat
@ElanaRoth Elana Roth of Red Tree Literary
Best of luck and happy writing to all of you fabulous NaNo-ers!!