Once again, it’s time for National Novel Writing Month, the annual event where participants challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
I’ve been wanting to participate for a few years now, but just haven’t made the effort. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year either, even though it’s not too late to sign up.
“Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap,” the website warns. “And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. … To build without tearing down.”
For most people, the hardest thing is just having the gumption to plow ahead without worrying about the quality. It’s just about getting that first draft done. Afterall, all great writing happens during re-writing.
There are parties afterwards and it always seems like there’s a great community of participants. I’m thinking next year my first novel will make an excellent birthday present to myself. It sounds daunting, writing a novel in one month’s time, but if you pace yourself 50,000 words is only about 125-150 pages. Five pages a day — no problemo! Right? Right?