Autumn is upon us, and most serious writers know what that means: It’s time for NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.
If you haven’t heard of it, it begins in November every year. The goal is to write a novel (at least 50,000 words) in a single month. But don’t wait until November: sign up now to start getting tips, hints, and ideas before then.
It’s ironic that it’s called National Novel Writing Month, since it’s open to people all over the world.
This is my third year for NaNoWriMo, and this time I’m determined to complete a novel—something I’ve yet to do.
That’s the thing about the program: it encourages you to write, but doesn’t nag you about it. And if you don’t complete your book in the time allotted for it, nobody’s going to call you out on it. Some people—like me—take longer to write their stories. But even if you can’t complete it, at least you’ve made a start, and you can continue long after the challenge is over.
If you do finish your novel—either during the month or after—you’ll have the satisfaction that you’ve written a book! It might not be the next Great American Novel, but at least you wrote it.
And that’s more than most people do.