Every November for the last decade or so, authors around the world have set aside the month to make a mad race at writing a 50,000 word novel. It’s a lesson in tenacity, breaking rules, and, above all else, just writing. It’s a way to break out of a writer’s block routine. To just get your story down on paper (or in bytes.)
Last year, I wrote about 55,000 words on a novel called Beyond Dead. Since I’m still working on editing Homebody and Cora’s Song, I haven’t had a chance to do much more than clean up B.D. But I’m planning to work on it, probably in the second half of 2011.
I’m not planning to do NaNo this year. For some reason, every time I do NaNo (or something similar,) I end up getting pregnant. Can’t take that risk this year!
However, I do wish those I know who are making that insane run at 50,000 the best. Know you can do it! I did it in 2009, finishing on Thanksgiving Day. Even being sick, and having several days where I didn’t write. (Probably morning sickness, but I didn’t find out I was pregnant until December. If I’d known, I’d probably have given up!)
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
Until next time,