The madness that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is about to begin — or already has, in some parts of the world. On Nov. 1, millions of writers around the world embark on a quest to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
Fool that I am, I’m one of them. This will be my third NaNo — and I’m aiming for it to be the second that I complete. In 2009, I signed up with the goal of writing about 40,000 words to finish a novel I’d been working on … but only ended up writing about 25K.
In 2010, I started with a completely new story and finished early, writing 53,000 words in 28 days. That’s what I’m aiming to do again this time around. If I don’t get ahead, it breaks down to 1,667 words every day for 30 days.
That’s a lot of writing! It means I might be spending less time blogging — but it won’t be the first time I’ve made myself scarce. Just know that this time, it’s not because I’m having a bad week … or month.
Before I go, I’ll leave you with ways to get ready for a writing marathon like the NaNoWriMo.
- Do some prewriting: Have characters sketched and plot at least loosely outlined.
- Have a fridge stocked with healthy (read low-carb) choices.
- Remember: The Crock Pot is your friend.
- Plan lots of write-ins with friends. I think I already have three planned for this week. Writing together is so much more fun than writing solo.
- Don’t forget to have fun.