In 2010, my writing buddy, Jackie Marilla and I decided to try this NaNoWriMo thing. I wrote a mystery novel that had some great parts and some other parts where I rambled on and on trying to get up to 50,000 words (1,666 words per day!)
It taught us one very important lesson: we could write a full length piece! We both “won” which just means that we finished all 50,000 words. You don’t really win anything except the honor of finishing and the great camaraderie of the other writers. There are web groups and live groups, parties and writing parties. Depending on where you live, you can participate in a lot of events.
Recently, I discovered that several of my friends are NaNoWriMo-ing next month. I’m toying with the idea since I’ve been planning my new WIP (Work in Progress) since June and I’m anxious to get another romance up and published.
Here’s my advice to anyone thinking about it:
- 1,666 words per day isn’t too bad, but try to get big numbers written on days you don’t have to work so you don’t have so much to do each day.
- PLAN! I HIGHLY recommend using the “Outlining Your Novel Workbook” by Weiland.
- Gather some other people to write with who are also NaNoWriMoing because they’ll understand your pain and share your chocolate!
Let me know if you’re going to do it!!