If you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a non-profit organization that promotes writing by challenging people to write a whole novel in a single month. To be more specific, the challenge is to write 50,000 words (about the equivalent of a small novel). If you can do this by the end of November 30th, you’ve won! And what have you won? Well, you wrote a frikkin novel. Congrats!
That’s impossible, you might think. A novel written a single month is going to be terrible! Why bother? Well here’s the secret: it’s okay if it’s terrible. This is just the first draft, and first drafts aren’t meant to be perfect. This is the time when spelling actually doesn’t matter. When character names can be “TBD1” or cities can be called “citynamehere.” Flow? Grammar? Cohesion? Pacing? Not important! What matters is getting your story written. All the mistakes can be fixed later. Right time it’s time to write.
My first experience with NaNoWriMo was in 2008 when I wrote “The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle.” Since then I’ve made some small attempts to use NaNoWriMo to help finish the sequel, but I’ve not made the 50k goal. This year, I’m taking a new approach.
I’m writing a whole new novel, a concept that I’ve been batting around for a number of years. I’m super excited about finally getting this concept out of my head and on to paper.
You can follow my progress with this year’s NaNoWriMo by looking at the side-bar on this website. It will automatically update every time I make an update to my NaNoWriMo profile.
Now, as much as I’ve talked about how little mistakes matter, that doesn’t mean this is easy. I have to write about 1,700 words every day for the next thirty days to hit the 50k goal. Thankfully I have help with a supportive family, but a little extra boost from you guys will be welcome too. So if at some point during November you think of me, please be sure to comment on this blog, post to my FB page, or send me a tweet. I’m going to need it.