Originally Posted by Capella
Unfortunately, I have a paper for a graduate class due at the very beginning of next month, and thus I cannot do a whole NaNoWriMo. However, two of my good friends are doing it, so I've set myself a "mini-NaNo" challenge. I want to submit a story to the Writers of the Future contest and the next deadline is the end of December, so I'm going to aim for a 15,000 word short story this month in addition to the paper.
Since I can't do the full novel writing this month, and I know I'm not alone in having too many RL requirements, a few friends and I are contemplating setting up HoliWriMo, using the winter break range (say the 26th of December to the 26th of January, which corresponds roughly to our winter breaks if not precisely) as a timeline. But, since we won't have school, we might up the word count to 75,000. Because we're crazy.
"JanNoWriMo," as January's unofficial contest is called, actually has quite a following (for the reasons you describe - there's just so much going on in November) and there's a special board for it too.
I normally shoot for 60,000 words in November, just to get the novel a bit closer to a "real" novel length (50,000 words is arguably a novella). That also makes it an even 2,000 words a day, which is nice.
This year I'm probably not going to be able to get back to my writing in earnest until I finish moving out, which should be around the 15th (I hope). So I think I'm going to do a 45-day "finish my 'real' novel" challenge, just for myself.