Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Happy NaNoWriMo 2011

Today marks the day of an important day for writers; to finally sit down and write that book they have been wanting to write for the longest time. The goal of NaNoWriMo is simple, write 55,000 words in a month. I know that sounds impossible but it's a start of something in your work.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

I have never written my own novel before and I'm a little nervous. I've always written other things online, plus I'm doing this for myself, to see if  I have it in me to write something original. The moto is simple, just write the whole darn thing of the story. Even if you think it's crap, just write it. Lots of novels that have been published were NaNoWriMo projects. Now it's time to get cracking o this story, SHHHHHH (see below)

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