Halloween is TOMORROW and that can only mean one thing. Nope, not dressing up and pounding on doors demanding candy. Not even that Thanksgiving or even Christmas are careening towards us like a meteor on a collision course. It means the morning after the sugar-induced comas, it’s NaNoWriMo season!
For anyone that isn’t sure what the heck that is (don’t worry, it took me a year before I found out – I can be a little slow from time to time), it stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” Anything and everything you want to know about the event can be found at their website: www.nanowrimo.org.
While you’re on their site, why not sign up? You don’t have to participate. Heck, the first year I signed up (2011), I was TERRIFIED to even attempt writing 50,000 words. I did, however, lurk, follow along, and cheer on the participants. It was a great learning experience.
2012. The second year, I signed up to participate but ended up dropping out before it began. It might have been fear or it could have been a plethora of life events. (Life is ALWAYS getting in the way. I’m beginning to think something is trying to tell me to give up on a writing career). I’m pretty sure it was just ugly fear.
Year 2013, I actually signed up and participated. I wrote a staggering 816 words. Yep. Not even a day’s worth of writing and I bailed. Noticing a pattern here?
2014. I skipped last year for reasons that don’t come to mind at the moment. Never fear, I’m sure at 3am on some random Tuesday, I’ll remember why. And then I’ll promptly forget again before I can drag myself to the computer to update this post.
2015. That brings us to this year. I’m determined to have a serious go at it this time. For one, instead of just pantsing my way through, I’ve developed an outline, a writing strategy and have done some (OK, TONS) research on how to actually finish what I’ve started. This year, “I am the storm!”
One writer I’ve come across that has finished every year except one, is Fiona Skye. Check out her YouTube channel for some great tips on planning and finishing NaNoWriMo.
I’m not going to make any promises that I can’t keep, but I am going to endeavor to post every Friday with an update of how this year’s NaNoWriMo is going. I’ll also include stuff that I’ve learned along the way and links to great resources.
I hope to see you in the trenches!