As of tomorrow, I start my first NaNoWriMo. Not sure what that is? It’s a masochistic little exercise wherein I attempt to bang out the first draft of a minimum 50k word novel in 30 days.
It’s called National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an annual event that happens from November 1 to 30. In that time, I need to write at least 2000 words a day to meet my goals. If I meet the threshold of 50,000 words, I “win”.
What does that get me?
A completed first draft of a novel, that’s what. That alone is worth the price ($0,00 USD)! Seriously though, it’s a way to get into the groove of writing and overriding the temptation to edit to death before the first chapter is even done. That’s something I have been known to do, and it’s a bad habit. By compressing a large amount of work into a short deadline, writers are forced to abandon this practice, and keep banging on the work until it is complete.
Once the novel is completed, THAT’s when you’re supposed to start editing, which is much more productive on a completed project, rather than editing as you go.
So, I am going to give it a go; I start tomorrow night on day one. I’ll be reporting updates on my profile page at NaNoWriMo.org, so you can keep tabs on my progress. Any encouraging words will be most appreciated!