NaNoWriMo is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. It’s not a competition, it’s more of a movement to get as many people as possible to write 50,000 words during November.
Having signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo in July (where I completed 30,000 words in around 3 weeks), I found it kind of comforting and therapeutic to think of the others who were also undertaking this mammoth task. We were all in it together. There were blogs, forums, you could have your own little ‘campsite’, regular pep talks and the like.
But I found that since I didn’t have a really solid plot that I was going to work to, the words I wrote, while good, probably took my story off in a direction I didn’t really want it to go.
This time around, I’m preparing for NaNo in October so that come November, I have a plan of attack.
I am already plotting what I will be writing, thinking about the characters and how they interact, their personalities and their foibles, the circumstances they live in and how that affects their lives, and the things one would know that another may not.
I am hoping to complete my second manuscript for NaNo this year – I was going to make a start on a series I wish to write, but I have a half-finished novel that will benefit a whole lot more from the dictum “Just sit your arse down and write!”
I found the discipline required to complete the expected number of words was good too – I’m very, very good at procrastinating, worrying over every word and every turn of expression – but having a target to achieve made me push that inner editor out and just concentrate on letting the words flow through.
Are you joining NaNoWriMo? Why not? Their website is: http://nanowrimo.org/ if you want to go have a look.