Last year, I entered the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) competition for the first time. I think I’ve mentioned this a time or two. 🙂 I’m going to enter again this year and get a start on my third novel. Is anyone else thinking of entering? If so, maybe we can encourage each other as we go along.
If you’re worried about not being able to do this, you owe it to yourself to read No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty, which will get you past the fear of writing and keep you going all month long. It’s designed specifically for NaNoWriMo participants. You’re not competing with other writers, only with yourself, and nobody will see the finished work unless you want them to. What you write doesn’t have to be perfect–you just have to accept the deadline and keep moving toward your goal.
I got two novels for the effort of one, last year, because being able to finish 50,000+ words in less than a month encouraged me to finish my first novel after more than 20 years. If I can do it, anyone can. 🙂Hope you'll recommend my posts via your favorite social media. Just don't copy the material as your own.