For those who haven’t heard, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it runs through the month of November. Basically, if you want to write a novel this is the down and dirty way to do it. It’s 50,000 words in 30 days, which equals out to roughly 1667 words a day.
I found out about NaNo in October of 2008 and promptly signed up for the November 2008 session. In junior high and high school I actually wrote two novels and I figured it couldn’t possibly be that hard, right? Well 50,000 words in 30 days is something else and it takes dedication. And I’m pretty proud of that fact that I reached that goal in both 2008 and 2009.
That being said, I have yet to go through and edit either of those novels. And believe me, they need to be edited in the worst way. But NaNoWriMo is not about editing, it’s about getting your story down on paper and not going back to fix things.
As any of you who follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook know, I’m a little worried about NaNo this year. Between work and school and this lovely blog, not to mention keeping our house clean and spending time with friends and family I worry that maybe I won’t have time for 1667 words a day. I tend to be a bit of a slacker at times, especially when I have a lot of other things going on.
This is where you all come in. Who else is planning on doing NaNo this year? If you are, you should find me (my username is Mrs.Hartie) and friend me. Maybe together we can encourage each other to keep going even when writer’s block feel imminent or when those 1667 words a day just feel like too much.
In addition, I plan on doing a weekly update of my progress here. And if I’m not where I need to be I expect all of you to get on me! I need encouragement!
For any of you that aren’t sure, definitely try it. I will tell you that at the end of 30 days when you have 50,000 (or more) words in front of you you feel INCREDIBLE. Plus, it’s one step closer to maybe seeing your name in print. And how cool would that be!?