November is NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is not only a 30-day period where wanna-be novelists promise to commit a story to paper — er, screen. It’s a (somewhat lofty) commitment to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. That’s 1,666 words per day. Can you do it?
“Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”
Feeling a little better about the concept now? Plus, if you disregard the coffee consumption and lack of sleep, there are mental and emotional benefits of regular writing. And to top it all off, real authors have participated in this for the past 12 years. Allegedly, Water for Elephants came out of a NaNoWriMo of yore.
Check out the past pep talks if you’re still scared. One last bit of encouragement — most people fail. Which means you can’t feel bad if you only write one measly page. In fact, only about 15% of those committed to the program actually complete the 50,000 word goal. So what have you got to lose?