Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Yes sir, November is National Novel Writing Month. Every year people gather to write novels together and sign up at nanowrimo.org. I've never been a fan of online writing communities. I tried some out in 2001 and found that I was much better off writing and tracking my progress offline. I carefully choose who I show fresh work to, especially if it is far from being complete. But that's what works best for me.

I say if it helps you write, do it. But then keep on going. Don't stop on Nov. 30th. If novels are what you want to write, write 'em, damn it! And write 'em year round. If you can make time for one month, you can make time for 11 more.

If you're going to sign up for this 30 day novel writing extravaganza, use it as an opportunity to learn about your own writing process. Your mission:
  1. Find out what works best for you.
  2. Do what works best.
  3. Make it so you can do it the rest of the year.
Sounds simpler than it is... but hang in there. Write. Write. And write some more!

Here's some nice sentiments on NaNoWriMo from S. Misanthrope: Stupid of the Week #3: National Write a Novel Month.

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