It’s NaNoWriMo time.
What’s that you ask?
For anyone who’s ever wanted to write a novel, now’s your chance. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. People begin writing November 1 and have 30 days, just 30, to write a 50,000 word novel (approx 175 pages). That’s right. A whole novel. From scratch. It’s an event for writers and wanna-be-writers alike, that forces you to stop plotting, and thinking, and tweaking that outline and just write. It’s great. 200,000 people participated last year and it’s coming in just 11 days. 30 days. 50,000 words. What a riot!
I’m personally 100 pages into the novel I want to focus on right now and so by definition, I’m disqualified. But I’m going to use NaNoWriMo to force myself to finish this beast. Surely I can add 50,000 words to my well-started project if others can completely create that much from scratch. I can tweak and edit later, right? (And if I put this goal in writing here, maybe I’ll actually do it.)
Let the writing begin!