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!!