Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo is here already! During the whole month of November, I, along with countless others will challenge ourselves to find time out of our busy schedules to write a novel (50,000 words).
Hard to do?
Have I succeeded in the past?
-No, but this challenge pushes me to write. It allows me to write the movie playing in my head while shutting out that inner editor.
Do I think I can succeed this year?
-Definitely. Positivity is key.
But what has changed?
-Easy, I planned this novel out.
Planning, as it turns out, is one of the most effective tools to help you write your novel in such a short amount of time. If any of you know me personally, you know I rarely plan, usually opting for a more spontaneous and slightly chaotic way of life. For my first book, I just wrote how I felt, when I wanted with some semblance of an idea of where the story was going. However, now that I have established my characters, the setting, etc., I needed to plan the trajectory of my novel. Preptober (Prepping in October) is a time for such things. Albeit, I have finished an outline and description of new characters, there is always room for more detail, scheduling out your day, etc. All this is important, especially when you work full-time or are a full-time student like me.
But what is NaNoWriMo?
-NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.
-This is non-profit organization challenges writers of all ages to write a new novel (50,000 words) in one month, though there are rebels (myself included) that work on novels they've already been working on throughout the year.
How do I participate?
-Just register on the website: http://www.nanowrimo.org
-On their website, you can track your word count, network with other writers, attend workshops, and more.
What if I don't finish?
-If you lose, that's okay! At least you wrote something!
What do I get if I win?
-You get your novel, of course! And the feeling that you finally did it!
For more info: http://www.nanowrimo.org