The month of writing frenzy. This November, thousands of writers all over the world will be locking the doors to their rooms and chaining themselves to their desks. In the midst of writing pep talks, advice, tips, tricks and tales of author struggles, writers will be battening down the hatches and doing what they do best: writing.
The goal on the NaNoWrMo (National Novel Writing Month) is to finish a novel of at least 50,000 words by the end of November. There isn’t a prize for finishing, except that rough cut novel, ready for editing and the satisfaction of a job well done. There aren’t any rules, merely guidelines for helping you get through the month. For example, who’s to say you are restricted to just writing a novel? Maybe you’ve got a series of short stories you’d like to finish, or a collection of poems or personal essays you’ve been working on but haven’t finished (or even started on) yet. November is the month when you can lock yourself away and work on accomplishing those goals.
Last year, instead of writing a novel, I decided to start a blog, something I had been wanting to do for ages. I set the goal of two posts a week and I did it. Nearly a year later, I’m still blogging. I think my decision last November was one of the best I’ve made in my writing career.
This year I going to try another novel. Two years ago, when first participated in NaNoWrMo, I worked on a novel and got to about 25,000 words. Let’s see if I can’t go the full distance this year, shall we?
To all those writers out there who are signing up this November, I wish you the best of luck. Let the madness begin!