For those of you that do not know what NaNoWriMo is, I will try to explain it to you. Share with you the attraction and hopefully inspire your creative genius. Don’t balk at that, everyone has one.
NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writers Month which is November.
Writers the world over gather at NaNoWriMo.org to encourage each other. Learn about their craft. Challenge one another and otherwise socialize with other writers. We do all of this while trying to knock out a whopping 50,000 words in the month of November. For those scratching their heads at the math, that is 1,667 words a day.
I confess, the first time I saw that number I thought it was a daunting task. I did not see how it was possible for a mediocre typist to accomplish this task. Me being me, I had to try it. I desperately wanted to get my first book finished. I was amazed at how easy it became with the community and accountability that NaNoWriMo provided.
These are very simple. Writers gather online (virtual write in) or in person. Then they write. Usually with a topic or idea and a set amount of time. While they can be fun and help with social interaction, for me they slow the process down. For me, they are a nice little diversion from sitting alone in my office with my headset blasting in my ears. Some of the hosts for the virtual write ins are also quite amusing, offering much-needed comic relief.
There are many events during November as well as at other times of the year. For a complete calendar, simply click here. Try as I will, I cannot attend all the events in November and still write 50.000 words.
The Harsh Reality
While NaNoWriMo is a great tool, it is not the begin all and end all in the writing process. It helped me get the bare bones, first rough, rough draft completed. It also provided a place to meet other writers. Given my genre of writing, that was about all it offered me. Most “main stream” editors, publishers and the like will not come near my work. Even in this day and age, we are still ruled by the moral minority.
DO NOT think you have a novel simply because you spit out 50,000 words in November or any other month. You don’t. What you have, if you’re lucky, is the beginnings of the foundation for a novel.
Best Advice Ever
“Whatever Works” Author after author has said that over and over. It is so simple most people dismiss it, but it is a fact. YOU have to do whatever works for YOU. It does not matter if it works for anyone else as long as it works for you. That advice is good no matter what you are trying to do.
This post is several days past due. I apologize for that. All last week our living room floor was being redone. The place was filled with noise and sawdust leaving me less than inspired. It also made it difficult to sit down at the computer and get any work done.