For the month of November, I am participating in NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. This is a world-wide writing challenge where each participant attempts to write a 50,000 word rough-draft novel during the thirty days of November. There is a website with helpful information, resources, and forums for writers to connect with each other; they answer questions, make suggestions, and even joke around if they manage to find extra time! It’s really fun and exciting and a great way to get those creative juices flowing. The main idea behind NaNoWriMo is that when pressed by a looming deadline, writers can free themselves to write badly. It’s a first draft, after all, and in the immortal words of Hemingway, “The first draft of anything is shit.”
I’m not normally that crude, but the quote is too perfect to resist.
Now that the Sophomore Slump is behind us, this is the week that all those things that went wrong last week begin to right themselves. Plot holes close up, characters’ actions start making sense, and–now that we’ve passed the halfway point–the end is in sight!
This might even be the week some of you begin hitting your deadlines. If you guys need any additional motivations, remember there’s tons of stuff to do on the actual NaNoWriMo site, as well as word wars on twitter, podcasts to listen to, and–in the spirit of shameless self promotion–blogs to read! You might want to use competition with your writing buddies as motivation to boost your wordcount. And remember, for this month, it’s not about quality but QUANTITY.
If you are behind, you still have plenty of time. I know that Thanksgiving is coming up, but there’s no need to panic. Remember, any words you write this month, even if you don’t hit 50K, are words you wouldn’t have written otherwise. If you get a creative jolt from NaNoWriMo, than you’ve already won. But you might as well ride that inspiration wave as long as you can, right? So keep plugging away, and remember BICHOK—Butt in Chair, Hands On Keyboard.
I wish you all the best of luck! Next week I will be posting about WEEK FOUR. Until then, have a lovely week, and happy novelling!
*NaNoWriMo image taken from here.
**My previous podcast several years ago, My Writing Niche, was edited and even had a musical theme. This time, it is more informal.
***Also in the spirit of saving time to write on my Nano novel, I will be shamelessly reusing my introductory paragraph in each post this month, as well as pre-writing this month’s posts. In other words, I wrote this in October!