I know if you’ve been anywhere around the internet the past few days you’ve heard something about . I’ve participated three times over the past few years and I’ve had a lot of fun. If you have been in a cave or under a rock, yes I know those are both clichés; NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year during November, writers around the world, gear up for that all important goal of writing 50,000 words. If you’re still trying to keep up that is 50,000 words during the month of November. Those of you whose eyes are threatening to pop out of your head, that does mean 1,666.6666 or, if you round up, 1,667 words per day. I guess you have to be a writer to think trying to write that many words every day is fun.
Go to to sign up and join thousands of other writers trying to avoid a nervous breakdown during the month of November. One of the best parts of this, and since sarcasm doesn’t come across that well without pointing it out, I’m pointing it out, you get to ask your family to please be patient while you hog the family computer and ignore holiday guests and have one more reason to;
Not take out the garbage,
Not go to church on Sunday,
Not hang Christmas lights,(but you’ll look like a freaking genius if you still have them up from last year)
Not rake the leaves,
Not change out of your pajamas,
Not eat dinner with the family.
Anyway, I think you get the picture. While it may not sound like it, I do enjoy the process every November. I have been successful in reaching the 50,000 word mark twice. Doing so gives you a good feeling and a warm heart throughout December but that’s about it unless you love to rewrite.
This year I’m taking a different approach. I have a chapter outline almost finished. This should keep me on track and help me to keep those unruly characters in line. I hope all of you are going to participate this year and stop by this blog every few days to let me know how you’re doing. I’ll be doing the same. I doubt I’ll have much time to do anything more than that in the way of entries.
Let me know if you plan on participating this year. It’s really a lot of fun. If this will be your first time that’s great, I know you’re probably scared to the point of wetting your pants but that’s half the fun. Not the wetting your pants part but the being scared part.