It’s National Novel Writing Month, which is always an exciting time for writers, whether you’re working on your first book or your fifteenth, it’s always good to have a reason to put words on the page! The goal of NaNoWriMo is to draft a novel in one month. It sounds scary, I know, but the project is really manageable — if you commit — 50,000 words in 30 days or 1667 words each day for the month of November.
So many writers I know have done NaNoWriMo and ended up selling their books, and so many others have used the month as an opportunity to try something new. As for me, I’m using this November to try drafting a novel — which is not something I ever actually do — I am an obsessive revise as I go-er. But this month, I’m using my new AlphaSmart (which Eric thinks came directly from 1983), and I’m only writing forward — not back. It could be a disaster, but at least at the end of this I’ll have words to revise (which is my favorite part)!
If you’ve already joined NaNoWriMo this year, awesome! Good luck, and friend me over there (I’m sarahmaclean)! We’ll track words together and cheer each other on!
If you haven’t, there’s still time! I can’t recommend it enough…it feels awesome to be working toward a common goal with so many other writers who know how hard the work is and know exactly what you’re going through!
This is an awesome opportunity to try something crazy. I mean, think about it…this time next month, you could have 50,000 words toward a full book!
I leave you with the fortune cookie fortune that is taped to my computer monitor: “Begin…the rest is easy.”
Are you NaNoWriMoing? Share your screen name (and a little about your project!) in comments so we can all be buddies! If you’re not planning to write this month, do you ever think about writing a book? What kind?