Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Novel Writing Month

Did you know that November is "National Novel Writing Month?" It is. Every year during the month of November writers from around the world set aside gobs and gobs of time to write. The "official" goal? To write a novel in 30 days; 50,000 words of one anyway.

These aren't 50,000 words of sheer genius, mind you. This is more in the realm of a really rough first draft. The point isn't to start November with nothing and end it with a publication-ready work of art. The purpose of NaNoWriMo, as those of us in the cool club call it, is to get our writing brain back in gear, to jump start our creative juices, to get out of a writing slump if we're in one.

I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo the past two years. Life happened and it just wasn't possible. This year, however.... I'm all over it.

My personal goal is a little different from the official one. I have a manuscript I have been working on for the better part of four months and am rather anxious to finish up, polish up and send out into the often-cruel world of publishing. That's what NaNoWriMo is for me this year... dedication to finishing & polishing so I get on to the sending.

So, blog posts will be fewer and further between. Tweets will come in at a much slower rate than usual. I might forget how to spell Facebook. But it will be worth it. I'm even contemplating putting a little "word count/progress tracker" thingamajig on the side of the blog here so y'all can see that I'm not slacking.

Wish me luck. It's gonna be a fantastic month!


Paul D. Eden said...

I love the idea of 'putting a little "word count/progress tracker" thingamajig on the side of the blog'. Fun!

Donna K. Weaver said...

And don't forget you need to turn off that internal editor, else you'll spend the entire month rewriting the first chapter over and over again.

It actually reminds me of dieting. Instead of losing the same five pounds over and over again, the dieter goes for 30.

Good luck!

Robin Weeks said...

I get play this year, too! Yippee!

Rachel Rossano said...

I wish I could play. I never have and longingly watch from the sidelines each year. So, you have my best wishes. I eagerly look forward to reading the product of this years efforts and applaud your courage at committing to this. :)


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