So…..here comes another challenge that I just can’t pass up another year. Every year I hear about NaNoWriMo and think I should join this challenge and give it a shot. But I never sign up.
This time I have signed up for NaNoWriMo.
So what is it?
NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge for people who want to write a book/novel in 30 days. National Novel Writing Month. They do it every November. You write at least 1,667 words every day to get to 50,000 words for the month, which is the number of words for a novel.
50,000 words in a month??? Seems ridiculous, right? Like, who can really do that, I’m thinking to myself? Well, people have been doing it for years. But from what I’ve read/seen online, they use this time to get the first draft done and edit later. Ok, I can deal with that. Just get the thoughts down first and edit later. Like I said, I’ve always wanted to do it but the task seems daunting and I usually write it off as an impossibility. But something tells me to just give this a try this year.
I wish I’d prepared for it before now, however. I have only had it on my mind for about a week so I am not prepared for this at all. But I still want to give it a try because I know once I start writing, I can keep going for awhile……like when I start talking. Might not say much to a stranger, but once I know you, I’ll start talking.
Anyone want to join me? You should do it. I think everyone has a book in them that they should write. Check out NaNoWriMo.org and join the site. You can find a group in your area. I found one that had a kickoff party on Saturday and I enjoyed meeting other writers who are about to take this challenge with me. The comraderie was great!
They also have write-ins where people get together to write for a couple of hours each evening if it’s too distracting at your house. I might attend the one in Columbia a couple of times, to meet people and for support but I think I would do better writing at home because of the noise of my fingers on the keys of my laptop. Once I start typing and get on a good roll, I don’t really pay attention to the noise I’m making and someone’s mentioned that to me at work once too. I’m like that gif of the cat furiously typing at the computer if you’re ever seen that on twitter. So I may need to stay home to write. Ha ha.
My main goal is to just write daily for a month. Always trying to challenge myself I guess. I don’t plan to write it all here on this blog, however, only in Microsoft Word on my laptop. Whatever I come away with by Nov. 30th will be further ahead that what I have on Nov. 1st. And then I can go back and edit it at a leisurely pace, which will probably take me until November 2017. 🙂
Oh and in case you haven’t seen the cat typing, copy this in your browser. Cracks me up every time.