So you've decided to join the novel writing party. Every year, writers around the world spend the month of November putting 50,000+ words down for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
There are lots of reasons to do so. As there are lots of regional events surrounding NaNoWriMo, some are attracted to the community of writers. Others enjoy the challenge, or simply have an idea for a book bouncing around and figure this is the way to get it out of their heads and out on the page.
As always, Chuck Wendig has wise things to say about this. I would add the following:
- Remember this is a really rough draft. The good news is that all you have to do is keep moving. It's not going to be perfect. It's certainly not going to be pretty. The bad news is that someone will joyfully slap their 50,000 words up on Amazon on December 1st. It's not a good look for anyone. Please don't be that guy.
- If you don't write regularly, simply committing to 1,667 words a day is a big (but awesome) first step. Try to get some idea about what you want to write beforehand. You're not to start writing early, according to the rules of NaNoWriMo, but you can start putting together outlines, character information, and other notes.
- Have fun with this! I've done this a few years and sometimes I've finished and some years I haven't. What I've learned it that if I've missed a day or hit a dead end, the best thing to do is pick it up and try again. If you want to be my buddy, Sign up and add me.
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