November month is National Novel Writing Month. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30. That’s 1,666.66 words a day, every day, for thirty days straight.
For anyone who has ever thought of writing a novel but was scared off by the time and effort involved, NaNoWriMo is for you because it’s all about quantity, not quality. It’s about taking risks, pushing yourself farther than you thought you could go and writing on the fly.
This will be my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo. Last year was the first time I achieved the 50,000 word goal, and it wasn’t easy. For me, the best part about NaNoWriMo 2011 is that it helped me get into the practice of writing every single day, a goal I constantly struggle to meet.
Last November, I woke up at an hour early every day (well, every day except one) to write. Then I came home from work, and I wrote some more. Some nights, I took a break to eat dinner and wrote even more. The house may have been messier, the laundry and my social life were neglected, but I wrote more than 50,000 words in just thirty days time, and finished the draft of the novel that I had been trying to finish for years. It’s fun, it’s torturous, it’s invigorating and scary all at the same time. And I can’t wait to do it again.
I hope to blog my way through National Novel Writing Month, and I’ll be on Twitter (@JenniferK220) looking for inspiration and support!
So if you’re someone who has said, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel” here is your chance! It’s not too late to start throwing around ideas. Create some quirky characters and put them in a crazy situation then just start writing and see what happens.