Ack! NaNoWriMo is Here Already

Where did October go?  Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on the ending of a month, but with October ending, it means November is starting.  November means National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a celebration of writing with a challenge for all those who wish to participate: write a short novel (50,000 words) in the month of November.  I use it as a writing challenge to up my productivity for a month, and have succeeded the past five years running.  I don’t always write a novel, and I won’t this year either—I plan to write a complete novella instead.  The novella, combined with my continuing novel edits, should fill my time for November.  I’ll post periodic updates here, but I’ll likely be a little scarce in these parts for much of the month.

If you’ve never done NaNoWriMo before and have always wanted write a novel, I suggest you give it a try.  It has a great community that offers a lot of support and inspiration (if you’re into that sort of thing).  Last year  I even offered a little advice on what I think is needed for success—unfortunately I haven’t followed all my own advice this year!  Even if you don’t succeed, it’s an opportunity to put butt-in-chair, and let’s face it, that’s at least half the battle right there.  Once you start, you might just surprise yourself.  Good writing to you all.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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