It’s coming up to November and most writers who procrastinate by spending too much time online know what this means: NaNoWriMo.
Yep, that’s National Novel Writing Month. The premise is to spend the month of November, thirty days and nights, writing furiously and come out at the end with 50,000 words. The idea is just to output – no editing, no revision. Just write.
I’ve never done it, though I have had the urge to try. I guess it’s just that 50,000 words seems like SO MANY WORDS. It’s not really. It’s 1,666.7 per day, which isn’t that many when you really think about it. A bigger fear for me is that I’ll get halfway through and just peter out. Or that I won’t be able to fashion an awesome plot, that my characters will be flat and lame, or I’ll be too busy…
All those excuses that a writer uses to make the fact that they aren’t writing okay to themselves.
If I can’t find the time to write 1,700 words a day for a single month, it means I am never going to find the time to do it. Perhaps I should just make the time.
Are you keen for NaNoWriMo?