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NaNoWriMo: 5K not 10K

Beginning of this month I set out to participate in NaNoWriMo, but shorter version of the goal instead of writing a novel. My shorter goal was to write 10,000 words in posts on the blogs instead of the original of 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo. When I look back at my progress, I only managed to cross the half mark of my goal (slightly over 5000 words).

Here are the posts that are already published (couple of more are in the pipeline):

On the travel blog –

On Avalokana –

The main reason why I didn’t reach the goal was, there were as many as 18 days that I didn’t write a single word. That means I managed to write 5000 words in 12 days (that’s an average of 416 words per day – which is way more than my planned average of 333).

What next? I am going to repeat the same goal for the month of December and I’m keen on improving the numbers compared to November. Target this month is to reduce the number of 0 words days so that I get closer to the target. :)

It’s time for NaNoWriMo

Let me be clear upfront – No, I’m not writing a novel and that too 50,000 words in a month.

For those who are not aware, ‘NaNoWriMo‘ (National Novel Writing Month), an annual novel writing project that writers both professional and amateur set themselves a challenge of writing a 50,000 words novel – this happens every November. A total of fifty thousands words – an average of 1667 words per day!

As I said in the first line, I’m not signing up in their website for the challenge. Instead of writing a mammoth book, I’m setting up a smaller target of writing 10,000 words (an average of 333 words per day – which is still a big number for me) – individual posts varying in lengths of about 300 to 600 words per article.

Why am I doing this?
In short – just to get back into writing mode regularly. Well, I’m a notorious lazy fellow when it comes to writing – procrastination takes the front seat every time. I’ve a quite a long list of drafts saved with most of them just the titles written and few having a line or two. Sometimes when I try not to procrastinate and try to write, the mind goes blank. End result – a post just with a title or line or two written.

Plan for the month ahead:
I’ll sit for an hour or how much ever time it takes for me to write the daily quota of 333 words. Though I’m planning to write 10,000 words this month – I’ll publish only posts which I feel they are good to see the light and I’ll spare you from a lot of gibberish. Now that I’ve missed the first day, I’ll average it out in the coming days.

By end of this month, I’ll come up with a summary of how I progressed & other statistics. With 310 words gone with this post, another 9690 to go in the remaining 28 days. :)

Seventy Five Days

… since my last post.

I feel guilty of forgetting to write, of not posting on Avalokana. It’s not just two and half months, posting on Avalokana took a back seat since last October & was limping till Feb before coming for a halt. Reason are several. Though I was totally tied up at office during Nov & Dec’07 and after that got busy at home for a month as my parents shifted to Bangalore, I managed to put-up few photos. It was then, when I got loads of time, posts stopped.

Now that I’m back, I plan to be active here. Time for me chug along after the long hiatus.

Now it’s

Cross-posting from payaniga :)

Cut that extra word in the URL. I’ve moved my travel blog to my own domain. From now onwards it’s going to be just (old url:

Thanks Thej for helping me out in setting up the site. And also thanks everyone for your support & comments. Request everyone who has blog-rolled me to update the URL in your list.

PS: All visitors coming via old url will be redirected to the new one.


I have started another blog “Payaniga” for all my travel tales.

For those who dont know Kannada —

(in Kannada) payana = travel, journey; payaniga = traveller.

ps: song for the time being – musafir hoon yaaro… :p