Have you ever heard someone say, “That book was awful! I could write something better than that!”? Or have you ever thought to yourself, “That book was awful! I could write something better than that!”?
Well, guess what, friends? November is the month to do just that!
National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo) takes place every year from November 1-30. What is it, you ask? It is simply this — during the month of November, you work on writing a full novel, from beginning to end. The goal is to write quickly, quantity over quality, without stressing over edits and revisions. Because you only have a month, the goal is to just get the thing done (woo!), then go back after it’s all finished to change it. If you want. Or not. I did NaNoWriMo a few years back, finished my “novel” in eighteen days, and declared it too awful to even warrant a first edit. What was the point? It was fun. It was a great writing exercise. And it motivated me to actually spend time and work on ANOTHER novel that is exponentially better and might one day (possibly, hopefully?) go somewhere.
You have the opportunity to sign up on NaNoWriMo’s site so that you can be a part of a community of other novelists-in-progress, where you’ll get tips, share ideas, and have the opportunity to discuss your process with those who are like-minded. If you choose not to, though, that’s fine as well. The big, most important thing is to JUST. DO. IT. ALREADY. Stop talking about someday, and just sit down and do it.
Anyone going to join me?