Lee wrote:
> For those of you thinking about participating in LoCoWriMo, there are
> a few resources that may make the project easier. Although these
> apply specifically to NaNoWriMo, there's no reason why most/all of
> each one won't apply to LoCoWriMo.
> 1. The official guide to NaNoWriMo: No Plot? No Problem! by Chris
> Baty, the guy who started NaNoWriMo ten years ago. There is an entire
> chapter on where to find the time, along with explanations of what to
> expect during each week of the month. Oh yes, you WILL want to quit
> starting sometime mid-month, but if you can hold out... BTW, you get
> the seven days (but no more!) just before the month begins to do some
> plot planning, character development, etc.

My problem is that the amount of spare time I'll have to work on the 
project may be dependent on factors beyond my control. That makes it 
pretty much impossible to set a goal. I could assume a typical work week 
and make plans based on that, but October is so far away, and there's a 
good chance I'll need to be working extra hours or even weekends by then.

I could set the plan for the amount of time I'd normally expect to have 
free, and allow the target date to slip if I end up having to work lots 
of extra hours. But that would be a bit of a cheat, and if I'm 
overwhelmed at work I'll be in no shape to take part in ambitious 
writing projects.

> 2. Considering that you may have, at best, an elementary school level
> fluency with your conlang of choice, it might be more appropriate to
> participate as a "young writer." Visit for
> more information about NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program (YWP). The
> Young Novelist Workbooks <> may be
> particularly helpful.

I've been more concerned about accuracy than fluency, so I'm in the 
habit of looking up each word as I translate. Tirelat's mandatory 
evidentials also pose a problem for translations, although it may not be 
as much of a hindrance when writing original text. Minza is easier to 
write, and the documentation is in better shape. But at this point I 
think I'd rather spend the time improving Tirelat than doing much more 
work with Minza.

> I've got the book, and I highly recommend it if you are considering
> participating in either (or both!) NaNoWriMo and LoCoWriMo.
> And remember, the whole point is NOT to produce anything near
> publishable quality. It is all about cranking out that horrendously
> rough first draft, so that if you choose, you can turn it into
> something better suited for human consumption later. (Too bad there
> isn't an official book for the editing month.)
> Lee