NaNoWriMo

October 28th, 2014 by Jan

November will be here in a few days. You know what that means? Besides Rosie turning 65 years old, :)  it also means it is time to write!

November is National Novel Writing Month, shortened as NaNoWriMo is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30.

Heather introduced NaNoWriMo to me years ago, and challenged me to give it a go.

I have yet to meet the goal of 50,000 words in the month, I have come close though. I’ve not written a novel or even a long story. But I do make a point to spend more of my time writing in November. In the past I hand wrote in notebooks and never posted any of it.

That may change.

Tonight, I’m meeting with April Bosshard, and maybe others, as April has kindly offer to facilitate a NaNoWriMo group on Bowen Island.

I’m excited for the support, encouragement and inspiration I expect to get. April has given me writing lesson in the past, and I like the way she marks up a page.

But the real reason I’m doing this a bit more formal this year is — I have a topic for an actual book.

I’m shy to make the commitment as I’m always looking for an out, and don’t always do what I say I will. But right now, I’m all in.

I like writing, but my style over the years is short and sweet. Writing for Today’s Step was edit, edit, edit, creating one liners for the most part. This bloggy thing is one page stories at best. So to write 50,000 words — on the same topic is going to be a huge challenge. Someone should invent a Fitbit for writers!

Besides having a topic, I have an outline and ideas. I think, with focus, guidance and feedback — progress will be made.

I may or may not post on this bloggy thing while I do this. I don’t want to be split in attention and time writing is time writing. Yet, this may be the only place this so called book may ever be read and I know I have a friendly audience. So who knows.

NaNoWriMo — Yay!

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