I’m talking about NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month to the uninitiated. The basic concept is that you write a 50,000 world novel in the month of November. Yes, that’s 50k in 30 days. Yes, there’s a great big American holiday in the middle of it. Yes, that’s a lot of words. 1,667 a day, to be exact. Rock on.
This is my fourth NaNo, and it will be my fourth completed novel. You hear that? The certainty in that claim? That’s because, barring severe emergencies, I am determined to get it done. There’s always this certain time period in NaNoWriMo where you throw your hands in the air and cry, “I can’t do it! It’s too hard! I can’t finish this beast!” That’s when you put your nose to the grindstone. A finished novel, even a badly finished novel, is better than slinking away in shame. After all, it’s only 30 days. And you can do anything for 30 days. My second novel crashed and burned (because I tried to outline it! Outlines don’t seem to work for me) but it taught me to finish what I start. That’s a valuable lesson, but especially as a writer.
So novel with me! I’m Mercedes_ at the NaNoWriMo site. Let’s cheer each other on. It’ll be fun and will serve to light that fire! How many of you are participating? Have you done it before?