Saturday, October 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner

It's October already, and you know what that's almost National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! It starts November 1st, so now is a great time to start thinking about what your novel will be about this year. While you can't get started writing yet, you can figure out your storyline, do an outline if that's your thing, maybe do a character sketch or two. You don't want to sit down at 12:01 on November 1st with no clue what you should write, do you? Unless, of course, you're one of those disgusting people who can sit down with a blank Word document and no forethought and bang out a 50,000 word novel without blinking an eye. If you are, I think I might hate you.

For those of you who don't know what the heck NaNoWriMo is, it's just about the craziest thing a writer (experienced or would-be) can do. During the month of November, you will write an entire novel of at least 50,000 words. It's an awesome way to get your creative juices flowing and get in the habit of writing regularly, even if what you write turns out to be utter crap. It's OK! Embrace the crap and just get it written...that's what NaNo is all about. All you have to do to "win" is write 50,000 words. There's no competition except with yourself, and there's lots of support both online and in many local communities. It's crazy, but it's a lot of fun, so I heartily encourage everyone to give it a shot.

Who's with me?

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