Batten down the hatches, mateys.
NANOWRIMO is coming!!
Huh? You ask.
I’m about to write a novel in thirty days.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo as I like to be lazy and call it) is a month long writing experiment created by a man named Chris Baty who thought, hey, what better way to light a fire beneath the pants of a writer than put them on a crazy deadline? It is the locomotive ramming the roadblock that is Writer’s Block. It is the coffee-swilling, obsessive-word-count-checking, exhausting, exhilarating ride of a month. The idea is quantity over quality. 50,000 words is a small novel. Just get the words on the page, worry and second guess yourself later.
To be fair, I’ve done it before. Last year, I wrote a sizable novel (admittedly of sub-par quality) of 50,201 words, to be exact. It had to do with college kids and flash mobs. I’m proud that I did it, but I don’t feel the need to revisit the text, to run any further with it.
But since I now know that I can do it, I’m super stoked about this year’s project: a dystopian (come on, are you really surprised?) where a list governs happiness and status of a small population of people who live entirely underground.
I’m excited for it. And terrified.
Cross your fingers for me! And I’ll see you in December! Hopefully with a screenshot of a successfully reached word count! And don’t worry, November’s posts are already set – sometimes I’m good at thinking ahead 😉
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