What more fitting subject for my first blog of November than to spin some sweet words about the joys of NaNoWriMo? Yes, this is National Novel Writing Month, although surely that should now be International Novel Writing Month. I guess InNoWriMo just isn’t quite as catchy.
So, in case you haven’t heard of it, NaNoWriMo encourages people to write a 50,000 word novel in the space of thirty days. That’s about 1660 words a day, which does take a bit of discipline and determination, but is so worth it. And even if you don’t manage to write the allotted words in the time, at least you’ll have had a go, dedicated a chunk of your time to the creative process and probably have written way more than you would have otherwise.
I heartily recommend giving it a go, and before you say “But Momento Maureen, “‘tis already the third day of the month and I have yet to put quill to paper” (I’m imagining you’re feeling a bit Shakespearean today), my answer is “Hush up your mouth!” The first time I did NaNo I started on November 10th and finished my novel in just NINETEEN DAYS! Yes, that is impressive enough to write in capitals.
So, jump in, give it a go. You have nothing to lose but your spare time and maybe some marbles. Now I really ought to stop prevaricating and start writing.