NaNoWriMo 2014 – (Coffee) Ready, (Pen) Steady, WRITE!

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For the first time ever, I have decided to join NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month of November this year! I’m excited – and it’s all come about rather unexpectedly and spontaneously just a few days ago. I’ve written my first 1,775 words already, a good start! Curious to see how it will go. 

In case you don’t know NaNoWriMo – the aim is to write a rough draft of a novel within one month; to be more specific: 50,000 words in 30 days – which adds up to 1,667 words per day. If you reach that goal, you win.

Sounds mad? Yes, slightly.

The brilliant thing about this is that because of the 50,000 word goal, there is no time at all for editing – you WRITE, you just get the words out. Who cares about editing and spelling and pages full of crap. When the month is over, go edit. Right now, write.

It’s so easy to not even begin to write something, or to start and then get stuck on page 2, because our inner censor/critic thinks he rules the world. He Does Not. He sure as hell ain’t welcome near me for the next 30 days. I have a word count goal to write towards – the magic 50,000 has priority! I fully intend to win!!

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4 Responses to NaNoWriMo 2014 – (Coffee) Ready, (Pen) Steady, WRITE!

  1. mitchpdrake says:

    Good Luck! I’m starting this year too, should be fun 🙂

  2. colinashby says:

    I did NaNoWriMo last year. Didn’t get to 50,000 but got 30,000. Have finished my novel now and currently editing it for self-publishing soon. The biggest piece of helpfulness I learned during NaNoWriMo is to have an outline.

    I know many don’t like to do outlines but it is SO HELPFUL in preventing writer’s block and so forth. Have at least a general gist of the beginning, middle and end you want for your novel. Know a list of scenes you want to put in.

    Good luck!

    • anyushka says:

      Congratulations on finishing your novel!
      The idea I had for mine comes with an outline – I will tell the gospel of John as a comprehensive narrative, extending and imagining around the text that I have in the bible, making the people in the text “come alive” as three-dimensional characters. Given the story I work with, I have an outline without having to invent one.

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