I know, it's only September, but NaNoWriMo is just over a month away and it's time to start thinking about it! What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It is National Novel Writing Month, a time when thousands of people across the globe are focused on one task: writing at least 50,000 words of their novel during the month. The idea is to finish it, but you "win" the challenge if you get at least 50,000 words.
There is a lot of support from other writers and it can be a lot of fun...but crazy! In order to complete the challenge, you need to write 1,667 words every day of the month--a bit more if you take a day off here and there. I can generally write about 1,000 words per hour if I'm going at a comfortable pace, 1,500 if I really push it. There are groups who get together all over the country to write together, such as at cafes, libraries, their houses, etc., which makes the writing process just a little less lonely.
So, if you think you're up to the challenge (oh, believe me, you are!), go to the site and register. You can't start writing until 12:01 on November 1st, so don't cheat! What you can do now, however, is figure out what your story will be about and even do an outline if that is your style. You can do some character sketches, setting sketches, anything that will get the story cemented in your head so all you have to do is write come November.
Are you ready? Let's go! Come visit my NaNoWriMo page and add me as a buddy. We can do it together!