I apologize about the title; I have a tendency to exaggerate. My husband is the best thing, then the HNS conference, then NaNo. Roller derby comes in fourth.
National Novel Writing Month is coming up in November, and I recommend planning ahead now. What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in only 30 days. Is that insane?
Of course. That’s what makes it so alluring.
You can make an outline for your book (which is highly recommended), but you cannot write a single word of the book before November 1. You can’t count words from anything besides the novel (no notes).
Over 100,000 people tried for it last year, and 35,000 writers won the challenge. Myself included *takes a bow*.
This is why I did it: For the first four years of writing Sacred Fire, I moved like a slug. I believed I couldn’t write every day, and my writing sessions got fewer and further between until a computer screen filled me with dread.
Nano was like breaking through a wall. I felt I was taking a sledge hammer to doubt and saying, “Screw you! I can do whatever I want!”
The novel exceeded my expectations. Sure, it’s unfinished, but I realized not only that I can write every day – 2,000 words, thank you very much – but that when I let loose, the writing is better.
On the site, you get your own profile where people can read about you and your book, and the site keeps track of your stats. You can make a friends list and keep tabs on them. Local writers get together for Nano parties; I hosted one last year. The community on Nano is amazing. I spent more time on the forums than I spent writing! There's also a store with fun goodies.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I recommend doing this.
Anyone want to add their testimony of Nano? Are you considering it, refusing it, or already dedicated to it?