It's almost here. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens every November. It's basically a writing challenge with the goal of producing a novel in 30 days. You can't start writing until November 1, and you don't stop until one of the following things happens:
- at least 50,000 words have been completed
- the clock announces midnight on November 30
- you toss your computer out the window and give up
Last year I opted out of NaNo and felt guilty as a teenager caught cheating on their final exam. So this year, I'm back in and have been working on a rough outline and my main characters. Planning in advance is okay, and for me quite necessary. I'm not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of writer.
Part of the fun of NaNo is sharing the agony with other writers. My own writer's group is doing a NaNo kickoff party tonight where there will be much gnashing of teeth and discussion of strategy. Some writers will get together to work throughout the month in a true example of the many ways misery loves company. Marathon writing is a requirement. Editing is impossible. Achieving 50,000 words is priceless.
This will be my fourth NaNo project and will give me my fourth "novel". Don't I sound prolific?
To keep me on track, I'm going on blog break. I hope to post a few updates. After all, somebody has to hold me accountable, right?
If you're interested in jumping on the NaNo bandwagon, check out the NaNo website.