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Hello there Epic Dreamers!
As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo is coming up in a couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which is during the month of November. It’s where a bunch of crazy people (including yours truly) attempt to finish a novel in only one month. Since a novel can very quite a bit in size, the rules are that you must write 50,000 words by the end of November 30 in order to win.
It also says that the novel you write during that month has to be new, not a project that you’ve worked on previously. It also says that you can’t start writing your manuscript until November 1st.
Oops. I may have already started on my NaNo project.
Don’t give my those disapproving looks. I have a good reason; I have nothing better to do. I’m not actively working on the Hashna Stone at the moment because I’m still waiting on some beta readers to finish with it. So, while I wasn’t working on that story I came up with a new one.
Great right? Just in time for NaNo. Except for the fact that I’ve already outlined the whole thing (it’s ok to outline before November 1st).
I can’t wait 13 more days just to start writing. Not when I have the story bubbling in my brain now. That would be a waste of writing days.
I have to confess: I’m cheating. I’ve already started writing the opening chapter.
I’m not going to cheat entirely thought. I’ll still write 50,000 words in November. And since that is the goal of NaNo, I think it’s alright. Or at least I hope it is.
What do you guys think? Have you started your NaNo project before November first? Should I be band from the NaNoWriMo site for cheating? 😛
November is here and with it comes, not only colder weather and thoughts of Thanksgiving, but NaNoWriMo. This very strange looking group of letters stands for National Novel Writing Month. Participants challenge themselves to write 50,000 words before 11:59 on November 30th. That’s 1,667 words a day every day in November (and no, we don’t get a Thanksgiving break).
I’m not sure who invented this crazy challenge of writing a whole novel in a month, but I’m crazy enough to join hundreds of other writers in a month of word writing frenzy. Goodbye friends, goodbye family, goodbye real conversations with real people. Hello friends in my head. You are going to be my only companions on this arduous journey to 50,000 words.
I’m not sure I’ll reach the word goal (darned homework…why can’t you leave me in peace!?) and I’m ok with that. I look at NaNoWriMo as excellent motivator. No matter what my word count is at the end of the month, it will be longer than it would have been if I had never tried. I’m not even sure if this story I have in my head, Incessant, is long enough for a novel. I’m not going to worry about it. I’m just going to write and see where my characters take me.
That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to push myself though, and with all this writing to do for NaNoWriNo, I’m not going to have time to write short stories for my blog. I’ve decided to turn my blog into a waste land for this month so I can pursue the unobtainable 50,000 words. I won’t be posting anything in November, but I haven’t abandoned the blog. I will be back in December!
Well, I guess that’s enough writing about NaNoWriMo. It’s time to do NaNoWriMo. It any of you are participating I’d love to know! I’d also love to add you as a writing buddy. My user name is invisibleworld.
I’m off to write my first 1,667 words!