It’s hard for me not to step up to the plate and accept a challenge. Sometimes this isn’t a good thing to do, but I do it anyway…all the time.
From NaNo Website
Right now I’m talking about November and another NaNoWriMo that is upon us. Wasn’t it just November? Time goes by way too fast for me to keep up. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s the National Novel Writing Month and it happens every November. Those of us goofy enough to enter this competition get 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel, or the beginning of a novel, or novella. The goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. That’s only 1667 words a day so quite doable. If you can write more than that, I suggest you go for it. That way you can take a day off here and there if you find yourself way ahead of schedule.
For any writer out there, this competition gets you in front of your computer daily and keeps you in your chair until you reach the goal of 50,000 words. It’s okay to outline a story first and come up with your characters and do character sketches and plot points, but the actual writing doesn’t start until November 1. We are all on the honor system for abiding by these rules.
I’m not usually an outline writer, but I do make a few notes ahead of time. I like to write by the seat of my pants and see where the story takes me as I go. A lot of times it’s in an unexpected direction. Sometimes I can really run with this using my imagination and other times it’s a struggle.
The point of this whole exercise is to get in the habit of sitting down to write everyday. During this month, you write only. Do not second guess yourself, go back to fix type-o’s, research things for your story, or edit as you go. All those things can wait until later. The main thing here is to get your 50,000 words on paper by November 30. DO NOT GIVE UP!
This is my fifth NaNo. I’m not sure why I can’t skip one but I’m always up for a challenge. I usually know full well from the get-go that it’s all going to be a struggle from day one because I have little time to devote to this activity. However, this knowledge somehow doesn’t stop me. I doubt it ever will. I’m too much of an optimist and always think “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I guess this thinking was ingrained in me as a child.
So I’m jotting notes wherever I go and will keep a pen and paper handy all month for ideas that come to me, or for writing a few lines as I have time that I can type into my manuscript later.
If anyone else is doing this, keep yourself away from social media as much as possible or you’ll get distracted and never make it to the end. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, it’s not too late. Here’s the link: http://nanowrimo.org/