…that’s National Novel Writing Month, if you didn’t know. The idea is that thousands of writers and would-be writers across the world write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days in the month of November. Sounds crazy, right?
The truth of the matter is that I need a huge kick up the butt (not a physical one, mind, otherwise I will most probably kick you back harder). I’ve had a storyline floating in my mind for quite a few weeks and I’m often playing out varying scenes in my head (please tell me I’m not the only person who does this) and frankly, I’ve had a enough of procrastination – it’s time to get this baby down on paper!
It’s quite typical of me to make this decision only a few hours before NaNoWriMo starts with no planning and no idea where to even start, but truth be told had I made this decision weeks ago my motivation levels would have peaked and dropped already.
So, 50,000 in a month sounds terrifying, right? Actually, it works out as only 1,666 words a day and that doesn’t seem so bad. It’s only meant to be a first draft and you just write, write, write without editing. I could do that! I’m not entirely certain that I’ll be able to hit the 50,000 mark or how long before I run out of fuel, but I’ve figured as long as I get something down on paper, that’s all that matters. Even 20,000 words would be quite an achievement for me. Really, I have nothing to lose.
My only worry is that I’m pretty old school and prefer to write by hand before typing up; this will probably slow me down a considerable amount, but as I said – all that matters is that I at least build the foundation for my novel.
And as they say at NaNoWriMo: “Win or lose, you rock for even trying”. Let’s do this!
If you’d like to sign up last minute like myself (!), visit the NaNoWriMo website for more details on how it works.