October is moving along, already almost half over. For writers around the world that means one thing. NaNoWriMo is almost here!
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, the yearly challenge for writers to stop making excuses, sit down, and just write.
The most common piece of writing advice I have heard is to stop talking about writing, and start writing. Not only is this the most common piece of advice, but it is the most practical. I can talk, and I can plan, and I can dream, but if I never put the work in it will never matter.
I’ll be honest, I have never done NaNoWriMo. Last year was the first I had heard of this event and I wasn’t exactly sure how it worked. I tried to use it as a push to finish a novel I had already started and it didn’t work out. Long story short, that novel is still not finished.
This year I am determined to make it work for two reasons. The first reason, is NaNoWriMo is fun to say, and fun to do. I love to write, and I need the push. The second reason is to complete my yearly writing goal.
I gave myself a goal to finish three manuscripts this year. In January that seemed easy. I had two that were sitting at 100 pages, and what felt like an abundance of ideas. Now, halfway through October I still have those two 100 page manuscripts, as well as a third 100 pager, and one that I finally finished. I need more than just November to be NaNoWriMo in my house; it’s looking like December is going to be one too.
Last year was a disaster, but this year I am going in prepared. I have spent weeks preparing my outlines, thinking about the characters, plotting the scenes. I have a plan, and I plan to succeed!
I might be getting a little excited here. Or perhaps this is the beginning I need.
Let’s go NaNoWriMo!