Next month NaNoWriMo will be here again. With only a few days to go, I’m still unsure whether or not to take the challenge again. Last time I barely made it and as you can see through the lack of new content on my blog I don’t really have that much time or energy to work at the moment.
If I choose to try my hands at the challenge again, it would have to be fewer words overall to even have a chance of completing it. At the moment I’m thinking about writing in my native language, which is a lot easier. And it naturally gives me more words, as the german language needs more words to say things than the english language. It’s quite interesting if you look at translations, for example. Books that are 800 page doorstoppers in english need to be cut in half simply because the german translation has a couple hundred pages more. I’ve never really looked at actual numbers, but if I compare english works to their german translations, they seem to have 1/3 added on top. I’m not sure if we in germany use different fonts, which could explain part of the growth when translating from english, but I don’t think there’s much of a difference. At least I didn’t notice any. The couple of times I actually went and translated some things, I noticed that the german language definitely takes up more space (uses more and/or longer words). Funny information for all of you: we had some words with over 60! letters. That was one word. One official word. If I remember correctly, it was some legal denomination.
The story I’d write is something that spooks through my head for a year now. I’ve got a pretty good idea of the whole storyline and how to write it point by point. It’d be a short book and something very different from the things I normally write. I really want to write it, but I can’t really find the time and peace to write it. NaNoWriMo might be a good time to sit down and just write it. What do you think? Should I try it, despite all the other stuff I’ve on my plate at the moment?