And so it begins: NaNoWriMo

nanowrimo-1In case you’re wondering, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to all writers who join up to write 50,000 words in one month. Yup…50,000 words…30 days. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? That month is November and we’re already 3 days in. I have signed up but not without some trepidation. I know how much I can write on a good day and it does not get anywhere near the required 1700 words (1666.666 to be exact) so I know that I won’t be winning any prizes. That does not mean, however, that this is not a good exercise. At the very least it will encourage me to try to write every day and to write as much as I can.

For my own sanity, I’ve been trying to stay away from too much of the frenzy involved. I made the mistake of looking at a Facebook post on the NaNoWriMo page asking veteran NaNo’s to give planning suggestions to first timers. People had posted photos of white boards with planning on it that looked more complex than a formula in Quantum Physics. STRESS!!! I shut that down pretty quickly. To add to that, all of my Facebook friends involved are posting the number of words they’ve written so far in their status updates. My meager 600 words cannot compete with their 3000. I think the key here is to stay away from Facebook for the month. Weening myself off of Facebook might be the best advantage to doing NaNoWriMo!

Whatever the outcome, involving myself in this writing activity can only be positive. Previous to November 1st I’d already reached 20,000 words in my SciFi novel. If I can boost that number, even by a little bit, I’m just that much further ahead. I’ve also encouraged my son to take part. Mind you, he’s only 11 and so far hasn’t written anything but he did like the idea of participating and even if he only writes a little it’s better than nothing. It’s not only a great experience for an adult, but excellent experience for a kid!

So, off we go merrily a-writing! Wish the two of us “pantsers” good luck please. 🙂


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