It’s almost November (if you’re ignoring that we haven’t even started September, let alone October). And you know what means! Well, if you’re into writing, that is. National Novel Writing Month is coming.
For those who don’t know, NaNo is about writing 50,000 words in a 30-day period. Fiction, memoirs, biographies, manuals, whatever floats your boat. Most write fiction, however. You don’t win anything, apart from the knowledge that you can do this, because you have just written 50K in about a month. If you’re also about the quality of your writing, then this might not be the best place for you. About the only way to win, is to write every day and not edit what you’ve written the previous day, and just see where the story takes you. Which is how last year I ended up with a main character who talked a good deal, but who was never the badass she claimed to be.
It’s quite fun, once you get over the hurdle of ‘What the hell am I doing here? Can I make it? What am I supposed to write now?’ I’ve done this about every year since 2006, and made 50K about half of the time.
You’re a writer. Remember our motto. NaNo is coming.