Nanowritemo: National Novel Writing Month
So here we are. A third of the way through November. In writers circles, it's also Nanowritemo, or National Novel Writing Month.
The Challenge: Crank out 50,000 words in 30 days, even if they suck.
I suppose it's the "even if they suck" bit that some might get hung up on. We are writers, why would we want to write a whole book if we know it stinks? For a couple of reasons, actually.
- It's an exercise. A chance to push yourself to your limit (perhaps even beyond) and show yourself and other writers what you can do, in just thirty days.
- Maybe it doesn't suck. Maybe you will set it aside and six months later you will open up that file and a little light will pop on and you will revise it to be your masterpiece. Let's not assume!
- We are writers. Put simply, we love writing. It's in our blood, our bones, we can't help it. Even if every book we have bombs, chances are we will just keep writing more.
Remember, with every book you write, you just get better. The plot is by far the hardest thing to get just right.
So writers, write. And you out there that are friends of writers, loved ones...forgive us if we seem distracted this month. If we aren't as social as usual. We will be back, don't give up on us.
We are doing what we love.