Friday is 1 November, which means NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writers' Month)!!!!!
NaNoWriMo started in 1999. A group of friends, who'd all individually said they would one day write a book but never did, challenged each other to write a 50,000 word book in one month. (The specific month wandered a bit until it settled on November.)
What started as a group project has grown to become an international phenomenon. Every November, people of all ages around the world put aside their work and loved ones so they can frantically write. A lot. I have done NaNoWriMo six times and have "won" (meaning I wrote 50,000 words or more) three times. And you, my friend, are coming with me on the journey this year.
Why? Because each of us has a book inside us that's begging to get out, some part of our story that we need to tell. But when it comes time to put fingers to keyboard, most of us say we'll write that book "someday."
Tim Ferriss nailed the problem with that thinking.
"Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
Stop saying you'll write your book someday. Write it this year. In November. With me.
NaNoWriMo Rules of the Road:
- You need to write 50,000 words in November, which breaks down to 1667 words a day. That's maybe 7 pages, which is a piece of cake.
- Different writers do different things in advance. You can wing out on 1 November and just go where your writing takes you. (I'm a master of this.) OR you can structure what you want to write, make character and plot sketches, and/or do background research. You just can't write any words.
- I recommend you set up an account on nanowrimo.org, both because it will help you connect with others in your area who are writing (and I've found having a support network REALLY helps) and because toward the end of the month, you will be able to validate your word count on the site and get official acclaim and badass status when you hit your mark.