I’ve not been writing for very long, one month in fact and I’ve come across a post about the ‘National Novel Writing Month‘. This is something I have never heard of but having read about it I’m really excited and have decided to participate.
After finding out what it entails I’ve gone through a series of emotions from wonder to fear to nervousness and of course excitement. Quite frankly it is scary as you have to its minimum of 50,000 words for your book to be classed as a novel. If you only reach a word count of 30,000 you can pass it as a novella but NaNoWriMo is about novels so you target has to be 50,000.
50,000 words … that’s a lot of words! It works out to around 1,667 words per day! That is quite some number and it means a daily commitment to getting a target word count done. If you fall behind it will mean there is serious catching up to do! It runs for the whole of November and once joined up you have access to an online community and forums and a profile where you can track your progress! You can start writing from Nov 1st until 30th Nov 2016.
So we have just over a month to get ourselves organised for this so what preparations do I need to do? I’m guessing my main concern should be an idea for a novel which I do have but apart from the few notes I have for some ideas of how my story will pan out that as far as I have got. I think my focus will be planning an outline of the book including chapters, cliffhangers and settings, a start, middle and end to a story. Characters will be created as I write but I have 5 main characters for my idea. I will share a little insight into my story … but before I do, first I need to be clear what that is!
So the next question for me is how do I join the forums? I’ve logged on but the links for the forums don’t seem to be working. I’m eager to get going and start the planning process!
I may have answered some of the same questions you initially had if you had never heard of it before. If not and I have missed something please ask away in the comments!
I’m looking forward to the challenge! Who is joining me? Are you participating? If you are Great! Add your name to comments and add me as a writing buddy!