#NaNoWriMo, “I, Hero: Phases”, and just how long is a novel anyway

National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) is the Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. As it is now November 12, 2015, we are a bit past the one third mark.

As you might be aware, the major purpose of NaNoWriMo is to challenge all of the participants to write their (minimum) 50,000 words before the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30.

My first book, “Another Sunset”, was completely finished and through the editing process before NaNoWriMo kicked off in 2014 so I skipped last year’s effort. The novel, at 99,000 or so words, was some heavy lifting for me over the 45 days that I wrote it. Knowing what I put together for that book made me feel comfortable in taking on the 2015 NaNoWriMo challenge with “I, Hero: Phases”.

I admit that writing in the late fall when school for my four kids is in session has made things more difficult for me and only over the past two days have I been able to clip the average mark and get on track to completing things on schedule.


There’s been some discussion around, “how many words is a novel” and so I use this as a reference for myself:


Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

So – how is your NaNoWriMo effort going?