Yes, it is that time of year again. NaNoWriMo!
It’s currently 7pm my time so I have a few hours to kill before I can officially begin the craziest month of the year.
For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a worldwide event that takes place every November. The goal is to write a 50k word novel in 30 days. And, yes, it can be done. I won’t be a particularly well-written novel. Or even make much sense, but it can be written. I should know… this is my 14th NaNo, and I’ve won eight times (08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17).
This year, I’m a bit of a “rebel” in that I’m not starting a brand new project. Instead, I’m finishing Heaven Can’t Wait. I started the story originally for Camp NaNo in April 2017 and began posting chapters last November. I’ve gotten to a point where I’m editing the last of the chapters I have finished.
That means, the entire second half of the story is unwritten. And based on my outlines, I have more than enough left to write 50k words. I’m excited and nervous. Nervous because I haven’t been getting much writing done lately. I can usually have one or two good days, but they burn me out and then I don’t write anything for days.
It’s going to take a lot of energy to stay focused and on track to finish the story by the end of November. But that’s the beauty of NaNo. When you’re working alongside thousands of other writers who are just as crazy, stressed and frustrated, things don’t seem so bad.
If you’re a writer and thinking this sounds kind of interesting, there’s still time to sign up without missing anything. And if you do (or don’t), check out 4thewords.com for a fun writing experience.
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But best is that November is a special event month for the site. This year, the theme is a carnival with its own area, monsters, and quests to get you to 50k words in 30 days. It’s the best time to join or check us out.
There’s a 30-day free trial, but after that, the site is $4.44/month which is well worth it. I’ve written more in the three years I’ve been a member than probably the previous ten years.
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