October is officially the warm up for November. Every year writers from all over the world sign up to binge write a novel. National Novel Writing Month, or as it is affectionately called, NaNoWriMo is November 1-30th.
This year, I decided to sign up and join the masses. When you become a member, you can chat with other writers, receive encouragement from published authors and staff, and set writing goals. Writers who write 50,000 words of their first draft can enter a verification process to win prizes.
Basically, it's a great way for those of us that need deadlines to churn out our best work in a short amount of time. A procrastinating writer must be behind the creation of NaNoWriMo.
Some of my best work has come from short deadlines. You don't need inspiration or to channel your muse when the numbered calendar squares start flying past. You write. You write fast knowing the editing pen will mark the page from top to bottom at a later date. The fear of editing disappears when a deadline looms. Getting words on paper is the most important thing.
If you need a little encouragement to write the novel swimming in your head, sign up. We can chat about our progress and pass along tidbits of advice.
First draft, here I come.