Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It’s short for National Novel Writing Month, which has been going on since 1999, and it has become a major phenomenon in the past few years. The idea is to binge write for 30 days and produce a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.
For those who don’t write, 50,000is a lot of words. In old-time word calculations, that’s roughly 200 pages, which is a nice number of pages. But it’s not a novel. For the books I write, that’s somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of a novel. But it’s a nice bunch of pages and a great step forward in the writing of an actual novel.
I’ve been taking part (off and on) for the past I don’t know how many years. I think the official count is 8, but I lost my original sign-in information and had to start over somewhere along the way. I always start out with the best of intentions, but I don’t always succeed. Some years, I’m just not ready to write a new book. Other years, my production has been interrupted by the real-life stuff that goes along with being an author, such as the arrival of revisions or galley proofs, And some years, I actually buckle down and write.
That’s my intention this year. I intend to buckle down and write, starting today…right after I write this blog post and do the promotion required for advertising the new boxed set of books for my first-ever mystery series which just went live today. (We interrupt this blog post for a brief bit of self-promotion:)
Anyway…back to NaNoWriMo (or, as it’s affectionately known in the biz, NaNo) I didn’t start yesterday because I try hard not to work on Sundays, but I’m planning to get started today. If you’re a writer and you’re participating in NaNo, please join me there!