It’s that time of year again! The time when people around the world cluster in forums (when the site works), IRC channels, and coffee shops and start talking about word count goals and debate over whether or not to plot.
Yes, it’s time to sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
What is NaNoWriMo? It’s best described as a pure writing frenzy. From November 1 to November 30, you write a novel of at least 50,000 words. It’s a great chance to just sit down and write that novel you’ve always been meaning to!
The best part is that because of the tight deadline, you have absolutely no time to fret over the imperfections of your first draft (Just an FYI, first drafts are supposed to be bad and imperfect.) You can sit and write. You can plan. You can just sit down and write. It’s all about you and the writing.
It’s a great exercise, one that you seriously should consider doing, if for no other reason than to say, “I’ve written a novel.” No one has to know you haven’t edited it yet.