Challenge: Write a novel…in a month!
This is the challenge set every year by an organization called “National Novel Writing Month”, or “nanowrimo” for short. The idea is to start and finish a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I am not at all what someone would consider to be a “writer”. I have written some short stories in the past, a few pieces of poetry, and I enjoy creating blog posts nowadays, but that is the extent of my professional writing career. Not to mention, without my awesome editor, none of the items you read on this site would make complete sense!
I have looked at the nanowrimo website each year over the past several years, but this is the year I am actually thinking I really want to do it! I signed up for an account on http://nanowrimo.org and setup my profile!
As exciting as this is, I have to be realistic. 50,000 words is a ton of words! One thousand six hundred sixty six words a day, to be precise. My life’s schedule is not going to lend itself well to this, so I am making a bit of a tweak to the rules for my first go at this fun adventure. Instead of writing 50,000 words in November, I am shooting to clear 25,000. If I make it, then I will be stoked, and if I surpass it, I will feel completely awesome!
I am doing some preliminary planning of my story to set myself up for success. The idea of my story came to be while I was sitting in traffic on my way home a couple weeks ago. If I can execute successfully on this story, I think it is going to be very engaging and people will be into it!
If any of you are planning on engaging in this writing adventure, let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to see what happens!
Good luck to everyone,