Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gearing up

NaNoWriMo begins in seven weeks. Are you ready?

November has become where writers of every level from beginner to well-published throw caution to the wind and attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in a single month. Most of these writers have day jobs and can't afford to take the time off so they cram as much writing as they can into every available minute during the four weeks of November - and many succeed in hitting that arbitrary mark.

Every year I (unofficially) participate in the fun although I have yet to reach the target goal. At least, reach it during the month of November. I start out with great intentions and two weeks in, grades are due and I've spent the last five days reading senior papers. Then Thanksgiving comes and my time is not my own. Too many commitments and too little time :).

But let's make that promise together. This year we will devote every waking moment not otherwise assigned to writing a novel. To getting 50K new words down on paper (or at least onto the computer). We will post our numbers and encourage each other and get darn close if not over our goal! This is OUR year and we are going to do it!

So today's workshop is really preparing for that month-long event. Get out your calendars and clear them now. Write NaNoWriMo in big letters over the word "November." Start letting your friends and family know that, while you might be in the house, you're really going "away" for the month and that you'll have a great big surprise for them on the 30th.

Go on now, go get your ducks in a row so that you're ready. Drop a tip in the jar and shoo!


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