It’s November, folks.
The weather is getting colder, the days are shorter, and for those of us who call ourselves writers, the time has come to lock ourselves away for a month of writing madness.
For those of you who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month. Every year, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world sign up and take the challenge of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days. It’s a time when all your writer friends lock themselves in their offices for hours on end and carry a laptop or notebook everywhere (if they don’t already!), all in order to make it to that finish line.
The goal, for many writers, isn’t merely writing 50,000 words, but to complete a publishable draft of a novel. Others might pledge to post 30 blog posts in 30 days, or maybe they might want to write a short story each week for four weeks. Everyone is different, and everyone has their own personal goals.
For example, my goal for this year’s NaNoWrMo is to post two blog posts a week. This is drastically different than last year’s NaNoWrMo goal when I wrote the draft of of a sci-fi novel I’d been planning for the previous month. Now, two blog posts a week might not sound like much, but for me it will still be a challenge. I’m knee-deep in the editing and revising of a fantasy novel at the moment, as well as participating in a weekly writing challenge with a group of friends. So basically, every spare moment I can scrap up right now is devoted to writing. I don’t regret a moment though!
What are your goals for NaNoWrMo 2012? Have you signed up? Have you started? How has the writing gone so far?
If anyone wants to find out more or to sign up for NaNoWrMo, it’s not too late! Check it out here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en