The nights have drawn in, I can see my breath in my bedroom, and I can feel my spirits sinking. What better way to beat the Autumn blues than to set myself an impossible challenge? NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to wrtie 50,000 words in 30 days.
Thankfully, they don’t have to be good words. Any words will do. The idea is to motivate lazy beggers like me to write consistently.
As inspiration, there are many novels which, when polished and primped post November, have gone on to publishing stardom. It’s unlikely that mine will be one of them, but a girl can dream.
The first year I did it I got over 31,000 words, but ground to a halt due to a complete lack of plot. I missed a year and then tried again last November. I reached 6,000 words and gave up due to a complete lack of inspiration. This year, it is day 4 and I have 11,900 words. I am feeling hopeful.
It would be great if you could all remind me of that when I am sitting in a quivvering heap in a couple of week’s time, wailing that I’ll never finish, and sinking spirits by the glass.
If you fancy giving it a shot, you’re not too late. You can totally do it if you start on day four. Why not? I am wodieskodie on nanowrimo.org – feel free to add me as buddy.
Let’s do this thing!