It’s coming near that time of year again.
No not Halloween.
And certainly not Christmas.
But something that lies in between.
A month of frantic thoughts and swirling plot points that all combine to create … a novel.
That’s right, lovelies: It’s Nanowrimo time!
Nanowrimo, for those that don’t know, is the National Novel Writing Month – an online forum for would-be writers to hanker down and complete a full novel – 50,000 words of coherent, or semi coherent, plot. The idea is that most would-be writers don’t struggle with coming up with ideas for stories, but do struggle when it comes to finishing the ones they start. If you’re a writer, you know that it’s not always the easiest thing to finish the tale – you have an emotional investment in the story and the characters and trying to figure out what happens next can be a daunting experience.
You sign on, make up your username and all the usual joining things, and then you start tallying up your words. That’s right folks, you start on November 1 and start adding up your word count – you can do it daily, twice daily!, weekly or what-have-you – as long as you record it! At the end of the month, if you reach 50,000 words … You win! You wrote a novel! And are entitled to a badge like this one:
Or this one:
The first year I did it was November 2009 – I finished a novel that had been simmering in the back of my head since high school. As a prize I got to publish it – I got to hold my book in my hand! It was rad!
In November 2010 I finished the second sequel to that book – and published that one too!
In November 2011, I wrote the 50,000 words of a novel I tentatively called “Banshee” – but at the end of the month, I read back and realized I had gone off the rails in terms of my plot in several areas – and so that one isn’t so finished. But I did commit 50,000 words to it – so there was no loss.
The following November, in 2012, I rewrote Banshee – made it all I though it could be, and was pleased,
This year, because you know I have to participate, I plan on finishing off two books (for a total of 25-30k words each). Both are around their middles and I stopped the ones to finish the second then got stuck and moved onto a third, so Nanowrimo, this year for me will be an exercise in head jumping – from two very different premises and two equally unique heroines. Wish me luck!
Throughout November I will keep you guys posted – and please keep me posted too! I would love to read more about your own works and what you like to read!
So … are you going to participate in Nanowrimo this year?