You know what the month of November is, right? I mean, besides my birthday month. Right? Yep, it’s NaNoWriMo month! Woo Hoo!
For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is 30 days and 30 nights of literary abandon. You have to write a 50,000 word novel in one freaking month! Yes, that’s right, a month. You can’t edit it, or tweak it or whatever it, you just write the entire thing in one big swoop. Then in December and so on you edit, polish and edit some more to get it into shape or you shelve it and start a different one.
I was planning on writing the third faerie novel for NaNo but I have another idea I may do instead. I like NaNo because it frees the inner editor or maybe I should say it shuts up the inner editor for a WHOLE MONTH. “Just get it down,” you tell yourself as you complete your 1,667 word count for the day. It’s fun, it’s a community of writers, there are prizes (well, no, not really) but once you do it, you are hooked. Write a novel in a month? Sure. No problem. Oh, you have a day job? Uh, yeah. Oh, you have a family/friends/pets? Tell them they will have to FEND FOR THEMSELVES for 30 days (except for the pets, stock up on kibble for them).
Stock your cupboards with snacks, give the kids and significant other microwaveable meals or let them make dinner for a change. Do whatever you have to do to GET THE WRITING DONE. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a marathon, BECAUSE YOU HAVE.
So, who’s with me in the NaNo bullpen this year? Counting down to Nov. 1st commences. Twelve days, writers and then…you take off running, er, writing. Go here to register if you haven’t already. http://www.nanowrimo.org
Let the writing begin! (Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times).
Until Next Time, Take Care,