November is almost here and for many a writer, that means one thing: NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.
For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is where writers from all over the world commit to the aim of writing 50,000 words of a novel during November. That equates to approximately 1,667 words each day. No mean feat!
I’ve participated in NaNo four times, only once reaching the magical 50,000 words, but three of my novels were born during NaNoWriMo, and a fourth is sitting waiting for another breath of life. For me, NaNo works.
Although technically the idea of NaNo is to begin a brand new novel on November 1st, this year I’ll be going rogue and breaking the rules.
With the self-editing of my current WIP complete and the manuscript now in the hands of my editor, I’ll be focusing on the other manuscript I began earlier this year. For a small amount of time this year I was working simultaneously on the two, but with the editing deadline fast approaching I had to concentrate on book one.
So with approximately 25,000 words down, I’ll be aiming to complete draft one adding on – hopefully – around 50,000 words. Although, as I’m a habitual ‘under’ writer, I may finish the draft before the 50k word count. But that’s okay. I’ll have a finished draft.
NaNoWriMo is a fantastic opportunity to get you writing. Whether or not you reach the 50,000 words isn’t necessarily the point, it’s getting the words down. It’s the playing with an idea to see if it has legs. It’s the honing of a craft. The creating of a writing habit. The developing of a story. It’s so much more than 50,000 words.