For the last few weeks, I've been a little worried about work. Things have been a little slow for me, so I'm trying to generate some new assignments. That's a little hard, but hopefully I'm starting to master the pitch letter and will get some ideas published.
It's a little hard not to get down about this, but luckily my friend Reikko-san popped up at just the right time with an idea: Let's do NaNoWriMo together!
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is held every November. It's designed to help you write the first draft of a novel--just spit it out and get it done. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
It's a challenge, but it can be done--and many people have managed to sell their novels too, so if you work hard during the month, you can definitely come up with a sellable piece of work. Sure, you have to spend some time editing and rewriting, but at least you've finished the hard part.
I tried NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago and didn't finish the 50,000 words. That will change this year. The people behind the project recommend telling people about it so that you can get a lot of support throughout the month (especially when your initial enthusiasm wears off and you've got to slog away at it). They're probably right, so I'm telling you all about it up front. I'll check in regularly and keep you posted on how it's going. More about the novel next week--I'm trying to work out a few plot points, so once I have those, I can tell you more what it's about.
Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, look me up (jilljaracz), and we can be writing buddies!