Expect me to disappear in November. It’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo… Nano for short. (but only if you’re friends or buy her a drink first, she’s old fashioned)
The idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1667 words a day, every day, or 2500 words a day if you take weekends off. To, you know, shower, feed the kids, sleep….
One side to nano is that you must learn to ignore the critic in the back of your brain, that little editor that keeps whining for you to go back and fix things. There just isn’t time, and that’s what second drafts are for. First drafts are for you to run gloriously free, writing down every bit of plot and character and silliness as it enters your head.
And Nano makes you do that. I have tried 3 years and completed it twice. We won’t discuss last year. I was sick.
There are nice perks for winners; various writing programs at half price, t shirts, coffee mugs, good prices on paid editors or vanity press. And bragging rights.
But the best one for me, is that it takes 3 weeks to form a habit. After 30 days, I will be in the habit of writing instead of facebooking. Hopefully in the habit of writing 2000 words a day. Every day. With a few off to shower. And remind people I exist.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
― Stephen King