Need something to give you a kick in the pants to actually sit down and WRITE that novel you have percolating around in your head? Well, you’re in luck! Saturday begins NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Sure, some’ll say NaNoWriMo does nothing other than set an arbitrary target and deadline, but for some writers, that’s what they NEED!
Megan Messinger on Tor.com writes:
The idea, according to people who have successfully completed a NaNovel, is to turn off the obsessive self-editing and just write. It has to be 1,612 [edit: 1,667, actually] words a day, but it doesn’t have to be good — revisions later, words on paper now. You have a timeline, a goal, and a great support network of similar-minded supplicants . You’re all before the altar of NaNo together. If you keep meaning to write a novel and never quite get around to it, there’s no reason not to do NaNo.
You’ve heard before about my client Trish Dollar, who’s a NaNoWriMo success story. Want to be another? Sing out in the comments if you’re willing to commit to NaNoWriMo this month, and I’ll tell you a secret: so am I.
Submissions and query letters and my trip to NYC and all the other work I need to get done in November will come first, but after all THAT, I’m going to try to write 1,667 words a day. Can I do it? Well, I managed once before, so let’s see if I can manage it again. Stay tuned!