I hope everyone had a happy Halloween, chock-full of tricks and treats! I celebrated by dressing up as my favorite super-villain: Loki, the Norse god of mischief who is played by the sexy Tom Hiddleston in “Thor” and “The Avengers.”
But now that November is upon us, it’s time to dive into NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month! Every year, hundreds of thousands of delusional people commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ll save you from whipping out a calculator: that equals 1,667 words per day for a total of approximately 175-200 pages. Holy moly!
Needless to say, this lofty goal is causing participants to absolutely freak out today, especially those of us who may or may not still be hungover from last night. I mean, why November of all months? The time of year in which I should be focusing on relaxing and spending time with loved ones during the holidays, not holing up like a hermit until I hit my daily word count.
Even though we all have a love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo, I can’t help but feel inspired by my fellow writers. There’s nothing like write-ins and word wars to fuel your competitive spirit and encourage you to do your best.
This is only my second year participating, so I’m still a newbie. If I had to offer any tips, I would say that the only thing you should be taking seriously is your output. When it comes to plots, characters, and settings, it’s best to be open-minded and flexible about where your story goes. There’s nothing wrong with outlining, but you shouldn’t be so rigid that your story can’t roll with the punches and evolve over time.
Of course, there’s power in numbers so attend local write-ins, comment in the forums, and share your experiences on social media. Tell the whole world about your crazy mission! The people around you will hold you accountable and root you on, making it all the more special when you finish.
So good luck to all the Wrimos out there! My username is bookclubbabe if you’d like to add me as a writing buddy. Obviously, I’ll be too busy writing to do much blogging, but I’ll try to pop in from time to time.
Alright, I’m off to write! LET’S DO THIS!