I love summer but I love when Autumn rolls around too and it’s for a few reasons. The colour of the trees, the excuse to cuddle up under a duvet as the weather gets cooler, Halloween and Christmas. I even love listening to the sound of the rain on the roof. Yeah, I am strange.
Another reason why I get so excited for this time of year is that the countdown has begun for National Novel Writing Month.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it is ‘thirty days of literary abandon.’
Founded by a group of writers in San Francisco in 1999, the idea is that for thirty days between 1st – 30th November, we tell the internal editor to leave us alone and just write. It’s all about getting the fifty thousand words written rather than worry about the quality. There is a whole load of advice on how to approach editing once the challenge is done.
My internal editor has a lot to answer for and I think this is why I love this chance to say goodbye to it for a while. The community surrounding NaNoWriMo is incredible and so supportive. I really feel like I am a part of something.
This will be my seventh year participating but it still hasn’t lost any of its excitement.
Your book can be in any genre and POV you like.
My routine is that I buy a new notebook in October. I know, any excuse right? I always set out to plan what I am going to write. Some years have a more detailed outline than others and more often than not I will start out with a plan and end up a pantster by the end of the month. That’s part of the fun.
The advantage of this challenge is the fact that by the end, you will have words down on paper or computer. Even if you don’t finish, you will still have more words written than you did at the beginning of the month. It’s a fun way to write.
The manuscript will be a mess. I don’t see this as a huge disadvantage but it does mean that editing will be important once you’ve completed the thirty days.
The way I look at it though, at least there is something to edit.
I think NaNoWriMo is great for every kind of writer especially for one like me who struggles in getting started and keeping going. The deadline of that thirty days is a big motivator and you’ll meet some lovely people along the way.
In the coming days, I will be sharing my essentials for National Novel Writing Month as well as chronicling my month as it goes along. I will also be using social media to link back to some of the advice given by writers on previous years so be sure to check out the Facebook page and Twitter.
Are you taking part this year? Let me know in the comments.