It’s NaNoWriMo Time!
It’s November, and for writers that means it’s time to partake in holiday traditions, like gorging on Halloween candy, bundling up for the cold weather, ordering Christmas presents online, and diving into NaNoWriMo!
What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It’s National Novel Writing Month. I’ll let you get all the gory, pertinent details at the NaNoWriMo website or over at the NaNoWriMo Facebook page, but the basic idea is this: write a 50k word novel in a month. A large task, but entirely doable.
Now, I’ll be honest. I’ve never been into the NaNoWriMo concept before this year. The whole thing strikes me as a challenge for people who have trouble finding motivation to write. That’s never been my problem. I kind of have a standing daily goal of writing 1000 words. I don’t always meet that goal, but I do it often enough that I feel pretty good about my writing habits and motivation in general. I’m not disparaging people who DO get into NaNoWriMo. Any means to get people to write is a good one, and NaNoWriMo is both effective and popular. It was just never my thing.
But that will change this year. Starting over this first weekend of November, I’ll be taking the NaNoWriMo challenge and churning out roughly 50k words for the month. And I wanted to make it public here on the site so that I could track my progress and make sure our readers hold me accountable. It won’t all be for a single novel, however. Those 50k words will be spread out over the remainder of my portion of Book 3 of the Rise of Cithria series (already written 30k, and I’m assuming I’ll need approximately 5k more), and the 4th book in my Lore Valley series. The Lore Valley books tend to run in the 40-45k range, so I expect between these two books, I’ll hit my 50k goal. If not, I also have a screenplay to work on, another Halflord story, a new Cithria companion novel, my sequel to Sanctuary, and another book that’s been languishing on my hard drive for a couple years now. So I have plenty to write!
There are 30 days in November, which means I would have to write 1667 words a day to meet the 50k goal. That’s not hard to do. The trick is being consistent and disciplined enough to sit down at your computer every day. Even though I normally eschew writing challenges and contests and all of that other junk, I like them solely for the fact that some of the people who do enter them might actually find that spark inside that opens the flood gate and gets them writing. Once they start doing that, it gets hard to stop. So don’t think that NaNoWriMo is some impossible task. If you have a story to tell, then 1700 words a day is easy.
So that’s my challenge. 50k words by the end of November. I’ve already talked to Patrick about doing the same, and he’s tentatively committed to knocking out his portion of Cithria Book 3 within the month. But I’d like everyone else who reads this site to set a similar goal. It doesn’t have to be NaNoWriMo specifically, or even 50k words. Just set a goal for the month and go meet it. Because if you do, you’ll feel more confident about the next one, and the one after that.
Oh, and quick update on my progress – as of the morning of Sunday, November 3rd, I’ve written 4k words. Only 46,000 to go!