I like to balance the logic emphasis of my studies with the creativity of writing. When I mess up the balance, odd things happen. I once wrote a story while studying math proofs nearly 8 hours a day... that story didn't have a single adjective in it. Quite frequently during the summer when I don't have to study anything, I'll stop writing because I need to craft a proof for some mathematical description in my story.
I am a Computer Science student and a Software Engineering Intern at Schweitzer Engineering Labs. I have never done NaNoWriMo, but a similar activity that I've participated in is the 3 Day Novel contest. My first year I wrote 27,000 words (only a novella; I felt bad about that...) and the next two times I entered I wrote 40,030 and 40,500 words. Last year my novel "The Boundary Nebula" was shortlisted.
However, I'm not a particularly fast writer. When I push myself I can maintain 700 words per hour, and while panicking I once put out 1200 words in an hour. In relaxed situations though, I can only write about 500 words in an hour. That means that to write 50,000 words, I'll need about 100 hours of writing time (over 3 hours per day). It is certainly possible for me to finish 50,000 words in a month, but unlike with the 3DNC, I'm not going to hurt myself to produce words.
I find myself drawn to NaNoWriMo for two main reasons: One draw is the structure of a writing routine. The other draw is the apparently vibrant NaNoWriMo community in Moscow. I would love meet other people in the area who enjoy writing!
- Moscow, ID
- Magic the Gathering, Dance Dance Revolution, bicycling
- Favorite noveling music:
- Rainy Mood
- Student/Computer Science
- Favorite books or authors:
- Mistborn by Sanderson, The High House by Stoddard... others, but my favorites change hourly based on my mood.