November is just around the corner.

November is National Novel Writing Month, and if you don’t know what that is, please click on the above image because The Office of Letters and Light will do a better job of explaining it to you than me. During the month of November I do my best to write 50,000 words in thirty days. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at novel-writing November is the perfect month to start because you’ll have 300,000 other people there to motivate you and encourage you and help you leap over plot holes.

I could tell you that it’s easy and that 50,000 words is not a lot, but that would be a giant fib and I’m not going to lie to you. I will tell you that winning feels AMAZING and you get a sense of  accomplishment even if you know that your novel is going to require some serious editing later. There will be late nights and early mornings and getting eight hours of sleep at least one night a week will seem like an impossibility. Caffeine will become the newest love of your life for the duration of the month and you will get enormous dark circles under your eyes but after a while you’ll stop caring about your appearance because it takes away from your writing time. You will make new friends and have an intelligent support network (via the NaNo forums)  at your beck and call at any time you need them, because you can’t afford to get lost on Wikipedia.

You’re probably thinking something along the lines of: I can’t write a novel in a month! I have no idea what to write about and I don’t have a plot. BUT YOU CAN and it will be brilliant. I had a general idea that I wanted to do something with Fairy Tales and Dinosaurs for this years NaNo and it took me maybe thirty minutes to think up a plot to combine those two radically different things. Your mind can and will surprise you with the sheer amount of imagination, creativity and ideas that it can produce.

Even if you don’t reach 50,000 words by November 30th you’ll STILL be a winner because you’ll have given it your best shot and you will probably write more than you ever have before. Yes, you will be rocking some serious sleep deprivation and be more over-caffeinated than you’ve ever been in your life, but it’s WORTH it. Your family will think you’re strange and some of your co-workers will avoid you when you’re writing in the break room, BUT IT’S WORTH IT. I promise.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel I highly encourage you to give National Novel Writing Month a chance, and if you haven’t, well, I can tell you that you’ll be missing out on a grand amount of fun.

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7 thoughts on “November is just around the corner.

  1. I have always said that NaNoWriMo could only have been invented by a man, and a non-American man at that. Who else would put this insanity in the middle of (a) a short month, (b) one with two national holidays (read: no school for kids – mine will be home 14 out of 30 days in November), and (c) a holiday that revolves around three to four days spent cleaning and shopping and prepping and cooking and hosting and then cleaning up after. Right. Only a man. I would gladly do this in a sane, rational month. Like January. I am simply unable to commit to this in November. Good luck to all the NaNos! (Love those graphics!)

    • I guess I’m lucky to be Canadian? With no children? There is Camp NaNoWriMo which is usually done in July, if that’s a better month? (Probably not since it’s in the middle of summer.)
      Thanks for the luck! ♥

  2. I’m doing my first NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m so nervous! I love the way you described it, though – now I feel excited as well 🙂 Is your actual novel going to be about fairy tales and dinosaurs? Because if so, that sounds completely epic.

    • Congratulations! NaNo is wonderful and I’m sure you’re going to have a lot of fun doing it! My first year doing NaNoWriMo was a blast; a daunting and caffeinated blast! ♥ You’re going to love it!

      Yup, I am absolutely going to write a novel about dinosaurs and fairy tales next month, and I’m not sure about it being epic, but I’ll be giving it my best!

      You can find me here — http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/saighnean — on the NaNo website. =D

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