Good morning, all!
Today is November 1st, which probably means something to you if you’re a writer. If you aren’t familiar, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) is a commitment from writers worldwide to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.
That’s a huge goal, and I’ve failed every year I’ve tried! This year I want to hit the 50,000 word mark by November 30th and, if the story isn’t done, I’m going to keep going until it is! Ambitious? Yes, definitely. But there are tons of tools to help writers get to the finish line. If you are interested in participating, be sure to stop by the NaNoWriMo site and sign up. The site has tons of useful information to help you on your novel writing journey, and there are writing meetups scheduled throughout the month where you can meet other authors in your area. If there isn’t a Nano group in your area, I’m pretty sure you can start one yourself! It’s all about community, so it’s a great place to meet other writers. Writing can be a lonely venture, you know?
As for me, I’m doing something a little crazy for Nano this year so that I’m held accountable. Every day I plan to post the writing I’ve done for my novel.
Yes, you read that right. My ugly, no good, early days, un-scrubbed first version of my novel is going up on this blog every day of NaNoWriMo. Words of encouragement welcome! Critique welcome (though probably ignored at first until I get through the 30 days! ha)! Commiseration welcome! What’s exciting about it is that I won’t be able to pore over the first chapter, constantly rewriting it. Whatever I write today I have to build on. Talk about a kick in the pants.
Additionally, I’m going to write flash fiction throughout the week just in case you aren’t interested in seeing my Nano novel take shape. If you ARE particularly interested, all of my chapters will be available under their own menu header at the top of the page (NaNo Novel).
It’s gonna be a lot. But I’m excited! And terrified. Excited and terrified in equal measure. But please, before you’re too harsh, keep in mind that first drafts are notoriously ugly creatures. If it’s horrible, it’s okay. I think this is something other authors need to see, so that they aren’t discouraged into thinking their writing has to be perfect from the gate. Thank you in advance for your understanding, dear reader.
Let me know in the comments below if you are also participating in National Novel Writing Month! I want to hear all of the joys and struggles you are feeling with your writing, and I’m hoping that we can become a helpful community here on this blog.