National Novel Writing Month begins on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and runs through the end of the month. In case this is your first introduction to #NANOWRIMO, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. If you’re a math whiz, you’ll know that this equates to 1,666 words per day. Or, very long weekends!
Although I’ve written 30 books, all of them are non-fiction. However, I did my best to prepare by taking two online courses: J.F. Penn’s How to Write a Novel and Sara Rosett’s How to Outline a Cozy Mystery. I considered doing a time travel novel as that’s more where my heart is, but for now I’m going to try my hand at the cozy.
Honestly, though. I get so hung up in worrying about plotting that I make myself nuts. Right now I think the best thing I can do is just start writing and see where the stories leads. I guess that makes me a pantser, not a plotter. Ok.
I’m going to do my best to check in here every Friday with a word count and comment on the process. I invite you to join me. Let’s see what we can create.
I write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)? Yes!
I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1 (of 5) and actually feel pretty confident that I can do this.
If you’ve been looking for that “PERFECT” course for novel writing, this is it. I’ve read a ton of books about writing but honestly, getting the info from someone like Joanna who has written so many books is so much better. That’s because I KNOW for certain, she knows what she’s talking about. If you want to write a novel too, I encourage you to go take the class. Let’s compare notes and cheer one another on.
I’ve been reading lots of posts this past week about gearing up for #nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). In case you’re never heard of it, #nanowrimo challenges writers to put their butt in a chair and write a 50,000 word novel over the course of 30 days. That’s about 1666 words a day, just in case you were wondering.
The question I keep asking is: Do I really have time to do this? I’ve gone back and forth a dozen times and still haven’t made a commitment in my own head.
Right now I’m working on a Kindle book that I want to get off my desk in the next few weeks, and I’m doing close to 20 hours of consulting work for Client V. So, how do people who work a 9-5 job schedule this?
I’m trying to figure out if I can do #nanowrimo before I start my client work cause I know if I wait til nighttime I’ll be knackered. And, if I do it first thing, will I then be so into the novel that my client work goes to hell?
Ok you #nanowrimo peeps – leave a comment and let me know how you did it.