Amy Letinsky shares her adventure into the fast paced NaNoWriMo.
Each year, in November, hundreds of thousands of wannabe novelists, like myself, set a goal to write a 50,000 word novel during the month. It’s called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and it’s a great excuse to write that book you’ve always wanted to write.
I sat down each day with my word count goal and kept writing until I reached that goal, sometimes over if I was in a groove (I made a dorky Excel file to track my progress, which I’ll gladly share with anyone who wants it). And at the end of the month, I had my novel’s first draft written.
Let’s not discuss the quality of that first draft, nor the amount of editing that I’ve done on it since. Instead, let’s focus on the sense of accomplishment I got at the end of that month, uploading my manuscript to the website and becoming verified as a bone-fide novelist.
It’s that time of year again, when the enthusiastic novelists commit to a solid month of writing. You too can join the fun by setting up your own NaNoWriMo account at the site. You’ll get your own website to log your process and show all your friends.
And if you join, let us cheer you on! Post a link to your NaNoWriMo page here in the comments, join a NaNoWriMo discussion on our LinkedIn page, or network with other NCWA NaNoWriMo writers on our Facebook page. We’re excited to see your progress and help you reach your novel writing goal!
Amy Letinsky writes a little of everything, mostly for her blog and for her online classes, where she teaches English composition and literature to college students across the country.