It is that time of year again!
Yes – November! And for some, it’s the month where you grow out a beard with the enthusiasm of all around you in order to raise money for charity; for others, it’s the countdown to Thanksgiving and Good Friday and all that is wrapped up in that; and still others, it’s just the month between Halloween and Xmas that has no purpose but to move past quickly so they can get to the gingerbread and mistletoe. And then there are those of the writing inclination: for us, November is Nanowrimo – that is, National Novel Writing Month (even though, I have realized it isn’t National so much an International, but whatevs.)
For this month, I am participating, which means that by midnight, November 30th I will have written a 50k word novel, or at least have written 50k words that may one day (after multiple revisions and more words) be considered a novel!
I will chart my progress here on the blog on Mondays and Fridays, and since it’s Nano, the days I am not charting my progress I will also post a book review for you guys! On Mondays, I will post a discussion on novel writing things – plot, characterization, how to stay motivated and determined, and such things. And on Fridays, I will go through the number of words I wrote, where I am in lieu of the entirety of the novel and what predictions I can make for the following week.
But before I get started on plots and things – I just want to reiterate my goals for this year’s Nanowrimo:.
- By November 30th at 11:59 pm, I will have written at least 50,000 words of one story
- To that end, I will write 1700 words a day.
- Those days where the writing is blocked, I will review.
- I will stick to my plot.
- I will, while sticking to the plot, allow for changes that make sense.
Not so hard, right? Oh, just wait for the after-Nano goals … like promising to revise and get the guts to send my work out to publishers. That will be fun.
What are your goals for this writing season?’