This year I am giving one month advance notice that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts November 1, 2013. Take the month of October to consider joining me in November on this crazy adventure. If you want to get a jump start learning about how to self-publish your work check out my book How to Self-Publish: The Author-preneur Guide to Publishing.
NaNoWriMo is thirty days and nights of literary abandon. During NaNoWriMo writers (and potential writers) commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Sound crazy? It is and it isn’t.
If you are a writer or an aspiring writer I challenge you to choose either to join “Camp Crazy Focus” or “Camp I Can’t.”
Crazy Camp Focus
- 50,000 words equals ONLY 1666.7 words per day.
- Better to try and fail, than not try at all.
- Doing crazy things with others is more fun, motivating and inspiring. Sounds like a party!
- I can join NaNoWriMo and write any sort of book I want including: Adventure, Chick-lit, Fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, and so much more including “Other.”
- Deadlines Rock!
Camp I Can’t
- It is 50,000 words!
- I might fail and others will witness it.
- I can’t_______. (Fill in the blank because any excuse will work)
- I see the word novel and it paralyzes me.
- Deadlines scare me.
If you have a book in your I challenge you to pick “Camp Crazy Focus.” If you have dreamed of someday writing a book why not get started? At the very least use NaNoWriMo as a jumping off point. You don’t have to come out of November with a edited and polished book. I challenge you to get the words out of your head and onto paper. A writer’s group or editor can’t help you if the words are still locked up inside your head.
So start writing. Write with abandon. Don’t edit yourself as you go. No red pens allowed during your writing time. Join me and hundreds of thousands of other writers in a race to fill the pages. Sign up, join a forum, look for me to add as your writing buddy, find your region and get some local connections and start writing.
Focus on this: 1667 words is only 3 pages in Word Calibri (Body) style, 11 font, 1.15 spacing per day.
Trust me, you can do it….it just takes focus on the right things. All you can lose is some sleep. Last year I wrote 51660 words during NaNoWriMo. You can read about that experience here.