Short post. It’s November again, and that means NaNo. As a creative writer, I’ve participated in NaNo before. Carving out a whole month to dedicate to the craft can seem daunting. As with any NaNoWriMo event, the goal is to write 50,000 words.
In a month.
This can be done however a writer chooses. NaNoWriMo is what you make of it. As long as you’re having fun, then you’re doing something right. I’ve certainly enjoyed the process so far. It has reminded me why I write—to explore myself and share these ideas with others.
Aside from increasing hours at my two jobs, side obligations at home, and seasonal family gatherings, I’ve chosen a gentler NaNo challenge. This year I’m to finish book 2’s rough manuscript and then book 1’s edit pass. This will amount to over 200,000 words of revision, or over 6,000 words a day. Impossible you say? Well, I cheated…
By starting the process in October, I gave myself plenty more time to achieve this milestone. December and/or January, therefore, I will be in editor-hiring mode.
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you good luck. Try not to stress over it too much. The objective of this ritual is to get you motivated and excited about writing. Here’s some tips to get you started.
Anyway, back to writing!
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