Writing a short story in "30 days" is probably not an unreasonable ask. However, writing a novel (meaning at least 40,000 words; below that, it's a novella really) is a much more complicated undertaking. What you begin today likely won't see light of completed day for at least a year and probably more.
I never outright count words, but based on my experience I would say a good start is just give yourself a recurring and rational goal you feel you can reach: "I'll get a decent page done daily."
If you wish to write a novel, don't waste time "throwing spaghetti against the wall" this month just to see what sticks.
Currently, I'm seeing lots around WordPress about something called "National Novel-Writing Month," also known by its hashtag #NaNoWriMo. I have to admit I've paid scant attention to it. I've never been a "contest type," and I'm wary of distractions. I finally looked at the web site, and realized quickly enough I didn't need another writing… Continue reading I’ll Do It My Way