NaNoWriMo begins in 10 days!!!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for more than 6 years but can only remember crossing the finish line at 50,000 words once (5 years ago) so I decided to blog about my novel this year with hopes of connecting with fellow novelists who can support me, encourage me, and give me the extra oomph I need to complete my novel!
So far I’ve recruited my sister who, like me, has a tendency to go strong in the beginning and then fizzle out by the end of week one. We took Chris Baty’s advice decided to give ourselves incentives to complete our novels this November (more like punishments for not meeting our word quotas at the end of each week). We also read tidbits from his book No Plot? No Problem! and try to constantly remind each other that contrary to reason, writing in November is about quantity, not quality. It is about reckless abandon and not caring that our novels are undernourished, sickly things filled with characters who are even more lost than ourselves and a random assortment of ideas that don’t even remotely resemble a plot.
But as the negro spiritual goes, “I’m pressing on.”
Give me a shout out if you’re a NaNoWriMoer too!