(Sorry I’ve been gone so long. I was sorting out my life/mental health. I’m back now!)
Ah, NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know, that stands for National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every November. Those who are up for the task are challenged this month to write a novel. Yup, a whole one. Or at least 50,000 words of one. That works out to about 1,600 words a day. Plenty of people use this as a draft for a book that actually gets published, but for many people, me included, it’s just a challenge.
The obvious question when you mention doing NaNoWriMo is of course “what are you writing?” And let me tell you; I have no idea. Honestly, most people have no idea right up until the last minute. So if you’re considering NaNoWriMo, might I suggest:
My probable story prompt came from one of those sites, I won’t lie to you.
And if you’re thinking “you can’t write a good novel in a month!” You’re right. No good novel has ever been written in a month, as far as I’m aware. But also, no good novel has ever been written in one draft. There are revisions after revisions and you’re lucky if your final draft even remotely resembles your first. So use NaNoWriMo as an opportunity to write just that, a first draft. Use it to get your creative juices flowing and get you into the habit of writing every day, even when it’s hard. Use it to create something that maybe one day (in more than a month!) you’ll be able to turn into a book that doesn’t stink.
Your first draft might suck. It definitely will when you look back on it 14 revisions from now. But if you manage to get 50,000 words down on paper in a single month, you’ve done something pretty damn impressive.
Please let me know down below if you’ll be taking on NaNoWriMo this year! I’ll be posting probably weekly updates on the blog, and you can follow me on Twitter for up to the minute updates. I’d love to follow your process as well!