Happy NaNoWriMo!!!!

November 1, 2007 at 9:40 am (Blogs, Books, News articles, Writing)

It is the first day of November. Birds have gone south for the winter. Winter clothes are emerging from closets and wardrobes. Heavy blankets are being added to beds. And typewriters are clacking.

Well, I guess in this day and age, keyboards are [insert keyboard sound here]. The first of November marks the first day of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. During NaNoWriMo, participents commit to writing an entire novel, or 50,000 words, whichever comes first, by the end of the month, 11:59.59 on November 30th. This comes out to about 1,667 words, or about 5-6 pages, per day. That is a heck of a lot of writing!

The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to provide people with motivation to actually sit down and write a couple of pages every single day until an entire novel is completed. The most important thing to remember is not to revise. If you revise, you will be doing nothing to help you reach your goal of finishing the first draft of your novel. Leave the revising for later. The important part is to write, write, write, and then write some more. Get to the end. It’s not going to be perfect, indeed, it’s never going to be perfect, but you know what? It doesn’t need to be perfect, especially at this stage in the game.

I would love to take part in NaNoWriMo, but unfortunately, I have no time, or motivation really, to participate. So I shall leave that task to the tens-of-thousands of people participating, and wish them the best of luck!

For more information, check out this article, entitled Start Typing: National Novel Writing Month, or this blog post by novelist Leslie Pietrzyk.

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