Are you looking for something fun to do next month? Need a challenge? November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, for short. What began with just a few people in 1999 has now become an international event, involving over 100,000 people around the globe.
The premise is this-we all have that budding novel inside of us, if only we had the time, if only we had the resources, if only we had the energy, if only…
So here’s the goal: Starting at midnight on November 1st, and running until midnight on November 30th, you start pounding that keyboard, every spare minute you can get, and get it all down on paper. In 30 days. No editing, no crossing out, no starting over. Just write it.
The average novel runs about 50,000 words, so that translates into about 1667 words a day. It’s a blast. There’s online support with dozens of forums, and local get togethers all over the country.
I tried it 2 years ago, and although I didn’t finish, I did have a good time. There’s also “Script Frenzy” in April, where the challenge is to write a movie script or play in 30 days. That one I did finish, and it fueled me for quite some time.
At the end of the month, you’ll have a novel ready for editing, a huge feeling of accomplishment, and bragging rights that you are now a novelist. The book is called “No Plot? No Problem” by Chris Baty, one of the founders, and it’s a fun read, if nothing else. Really gets you thinking that you can do it. The website is nanowrimo.org, and has all the information you need.
Check it out. Let me know if you’d like to join me. I’m going to try it again this year.