WHAT IS NPI?
NPI stands for ‘Novel Push Initiative’. The goal is to write 250 words per day for a month.
This is a great way to help you write through manuscripts you’ve been struggling with, or it can help you get used to writing every day. The reasons for joining are many, but participating always results in adding more words to your manuscripts, letting you get that much closer to the end of your stories.
And most importantly, we’re all in this together, so there’s lots of support and encouragement to go around.
October’s “Custom” NPI
- Event will run from October 1st-October 31st.
- This time you get to replace the number 250 with ‘x’. Want to be held accountable for 1,667 words per day? Just 1 word per day? Even half a page a day. The choice is yours! (And if you don’t specify, I’ll assume 250.)
- You’ll need to publish your daily word counts by midnight using a blog of some kind, something that I can check against a time-stamp (Even a Twitter account will do).
- Also, if you’re using Twitter, I encourage you to use the hashtag #novelpi
Day 10: 289 words. #novelpi
11:59 PM October 10th from web.
This will make it easier for people to follow along! Just Search for #novelpi on the Twitter website.
- We’re on the honor system.
Just remember that fibbing about your word-count can only hurt yourself.
If you’re late, you can post your word-counts the next day if you have to. But please try to get them there by midnight so I can more easily keep track of what’s going on.
- If you complete a work and write THE END,
you don’t have to meet the quota that day. In other words, if you wrote 100 words to finish a short story, you can be done. You don’t have to hunt down another manuscript and write 150 more words to meet the 250 word quota for that day.
The simplest Tweet can look like this:
Day 10: 289 words.
11:59 PM October 10th from web.
Day 18: 36 words. THE END! #NovelPI
8:30 AM October 18th from web.
- Everyone starts with one ‘Day of Reprieve’.
This is a day where you can get away with writing less than your quota for whatever reason. Hopefully this will go a long way to prevent burn-out/serve as padding in the event of an emergency.
Day 21: Day of Reprieve! #novelpi
Day 21: 249 words. #NovelPI
Nothing for March 21st… :(
All of these examples would result in a Day of Reprieve being used.
If you end up not writing and you’ve used up all your Days of Reprieve, you get ‘knocked-out’ of the event. (But even if you do, I encourage you to keep writing, and keep following along.)
- Earning more days off.
If you write and meet your quota five days in a row, you earn an additional Day of Reprieve. Woot!
- If you’d like to participate but haven’t signed up yet,
you’ll need to reply to this or any of my blog posts prior to October 1st, stating your interest. Alternatively, you can contact me.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?:
- At the very minimum, if you keep up, you’ll end up with … um … 31 words added to your works-in-progress. (LOL)
But if you stick to the default 250, and you use all possible Days of Reprieve, you’ll end up with at least 6,250 words added to your manuscripts! This is a great kick-in-the-butt for us procrastinators.
- I think you’ll find NPI is surprisingly uplifting and friendly. Everybody participating (and the people watching from the sidelines) tend to be extremely supportive. Which leads me to…
- You’ll meet lots of new friends!
- I will periodically link to each of your sites and post your word-tallies up to a “Knock-out”.
So get ready. October quickly approaches. Now is the time to learn the virtues of writing every day without fail. Now is the time for the Novel Push Initiative! *cue dramatic music*