For anyone unfamiliar with the term, that’s National Novel Writing Month.
November of every year.
NaNo is a rah rah, gung ho support for fast writing. A site that’ll graph your writing and cheer you on, or nag you, about how you are doing toward writing FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS IN A MONTH!
Seven years ago I thought that was impossible . . . but I gave it a try anyway.
Zombies 2010 Winner! And if it ever gets published, it’ll be under a pen name. Probably.
And again the next year.
Now, I’m not a joiner. Not a group person. But . . . somehow this works for me. It gives me an achievable daily writing goal, and constant reminders to NOT EDIT!!!!
If you find yourself writing a few chapters, then going back and fixing them, then maybe writing another, but now you need to go back and change . . . NaNoWriMo may be what you need. Pit away that story you’ve been fussing over and pull out one of those other ideas you haven’t had time to write. And see if you can write an entire short novel in a month.
I’ve done it several years running. It pretty much increases my output by one book a year. Just 1666 words a day, and don’t even stop for Thanksgiving! Or aim higher, 2000 words a day is nothing, once you get rolling, right?
Fractured Loyalties 2015 Winner! Published April 2018
And of course you’re going to keep writing a bit further, because “everyone says” 50K isn’t a big enough book.
Starship Atlantis 2016 Crash and burn!
No cookies for you this year, Uphoff!
That’s right. Sometimes your situation, or circumstances, or health keep you from writing. In this case, what I needed was beyond my skill set–lots of flashbacks–and not doable in a rush writing situation.
Oh sure, there’s all the polishing and editing, and real covers, not the quick one you slap together for NaNoWriMo.
But you can do that all later because you have 50K words of a novel right there. On your computer! You can even keep writing and make it a big novel.
Stone 2017 Winner!
Must find the time to polish it up and publish it.
And yes, this is a brag list.
Wouldn’t you like one?
So . . . set up an account and get writing. Even if your first one might never see the light of day. It might surprise you.