November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately and commonly known as NaNoWriMo. I’m horrendously inept at writing fiction, but I’m going to try it anyway.
What exactly is NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write an entire novel in 30 days. The minimum word count to shoot for is 50,000 words, which means 1,667 words a day. The point isn’t to write the next War and Peace, it’s to just churn out a short novel.
As I said before, this isn’t really up my alley. I don’t write any fiction, ever, and I never have. This is extremely out of my comfort zone and realm of experience. But I’ve always wanted to write a novel, just so I can have accomplished it. It’s one of those “bucket list” items, you know?
I’m a blogger. I can write blog posts. So my novel is essentially going to be a series of blog posts. That’s the medium that I feel comfortable with, so that’s what I’m going with.
Next Tuesday—one week from today—is November 1 and the start of NaNoWriMo. I’ve started writing out a big list of “blog posts” that I’ll go through, and I’ll write one or two a day. All together, hopefully they’ll be something resembling a novel.
I’m going to write my novel using Scrivener, which is an AWESOME piece of software that I’ll talk about more at some point in the future.
What happens after the 30 days?
At the end of NaNoWriMo, I’ll have a crappy novel. I’ll spend some time going through it and editing it and stuff, and then give it away on the blog here and sell the Kindle version for 99 cents on Amazon. I’ll print out a copy of it and put it on my shelf to admire. And then I’ll never write fiction again.
Here are some links and other stuff to inspire and help you out if NaNoWriMore is something you’re interested in.
- NaNoWriMo.org [The official site]
- How to Write a Novel in 30 Days [Squidoo]
- Matt Cutts from Google gives a short TED talk about trying new things for 30 days [YouTube]
- How to write a 50,000 word novel in a month [Scary-Crayon]
- How to Write a Novel in 30 Days [Abundance Blog]
- No Plot? No Problem! [A book written by the dude behind NaNoWriMo]
- Book in a Month [Another book]
Even if you have no desire to write a novel, how about just writing some kind of ebook in November? Instead of NaNoWriMo, you can call it NaEbWriMo (it doesn’t flow quite as well, though, does it?).
You can do it! If you need ebook ideas, I’ve got a big list here.
- Are you going to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge?
- Do you have any grain of desire to write a novel?
- Are you at least going to take up the NaEbWriMo challenge?
- What are some other writing and/or NaNoWriMo tips you’ve got for a poor writer like me?