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.
So Thanksgiving is past, and you may have let your wordcount slip–BUT THAT’S OKAY. And today is BLACK FRIDAY. But THAT’S OKAY TOO. And I’m using a lot of caps to make my point, BUT I’M OKAY WITH THAT.
All kidding aside, don’t beat yourself up if you slip behind a little. You still have the rest of the week to catch up. Besides, the holidays AND NaNoWriMo are supposed to be fun! If you are one of those stalwart adventurers that kept up your pace and/or your wordcount, GREAT JOB! If you are one of the even more elite that’s already finished, WAY TO GO! And if you are doing a last minute race to the finish line, GOOD SPEED, FAIR WARRIORS! No matter what the outcome this month, you are all winners!
For those of you that need a last minute push to the finish line, check out word wars on twitter, another podcast, and remember BICHOK—Butt in Chair, Hands On Keyboard. You might also want to check out some of the winners’ prizes offered at the NaNoWriMo site, as an added incentive.
UPDATE: My Writing Niche 2.0 podcast, episode 4: NaNoWriMo Week 4!
I wish you all the best of luck! My next post will be about life AFTER NaNoWriMo. 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, if I do podcast, it will be 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!