This year, I decided I was too busy to participate in National Novel Writing Month. And maybe this was a good decision. I got a lot done that I wouldn’t have if I was writing a fifty thousand word manuscript. But what I didn’t do was write. I wanted to show up at the page, and without the structure of Nanowrimo, I didn’t. I wrote 5,400 words of fiction in November. I released three podcast episodes, and did recording and production work on others that will be released this month. I didn’t do badly, but I didn’t do as well as I would like.

So I’m going to try something else.

I believe in Nanowrimo. But November is only one month a year, and a year is a long time. Fifty thousand words is a lot to write in a month. I think a more realistic goal is to write a thousand words a day. But some days are more difficult than others. This is the challenge I’m giving myself:

Thirty Thousand Words a month, 360,000 words for 2012.

I still have a month before the new year, but I’m going to start working now. This isn’t just going to count fiction, either. Blog posts, reviews, everything. I’ll be tracking my progress here. If you are a writer, I hope you’ll join me. If the world does end in 2012, let’s write like there’s no tomorrow.