November 2009

Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is upon us! Thanks to some serious cajoling from the ladies in my Thursdays@Three writing group, I've agreed to join the community of writers world-wide who will attempt to write a novel in 30 days.

The aim is to write 50,000 words by midnight on November 30th, 2009. (That works out to about 1600 words a day.) Sound crazy? I originally thought so. But as I watch my word count climb I realize it has nothing to do with creating the next great literary novel. It's all about producing and letting my imagination take me wherever it wants to go. It's also about telling my oh-so-strict internal editor to take a much-needed vacation.

In the words of NaNoWriMo:

"Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly."

I've got a rough plot outline. But that's about it. There's no time for tweaking, revision, or even checking my thesaurus. I've been talking about writing a novel for years now. But the idea of actually sitting down to do it would cause my brain to freeze. But not now. I'm actually having fun writing it. I don't expect HarperCollins to look me up at the end of the month. But I do expect to have a first draft and that will more than enough. For now.

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