It’s that time of year again. I’m sure that by now you’ve heard, and possibly even participated in Nation Novel Writing Month.
After much debate with myself, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. I was hesitant to do it because I’m in the middle of a few things. But I’m not going to stop working on my other projects. Which includes:
-Polishing a full length novel, Otherworlders.
-Working on writing 3 more books in my Sleep Saga serial project.
-Doing a second draft on a short story story (which is quickly turning into a novella).
-And, of course, posting to this blog.
Maybe I’m crazy?
Here’s my story:
After the End
“A mismatched group of teens must come together to figure out how to survive after life as they know it, as well as most of the population, is destroyed by a biological weapon. Unbeknownst to them, they haven’t been left unchanged. The biological weapon has made them something more than human. But there’s another side to the evolutionary coin, and they’re being hunted by it. They must form new alliances and put aside old prejudices as they race against time to save one of their own as he threatens to turn into a murderous subhuman.”
There are some people who don’t like NaNoWriMo. They think that what’s produced from it is junk.
And they’re right. One month is possibly enough time to get a very rough first draft. The reason that NaNo’s get a bad rep is because sometimes, some people think that a first draft is all they need. And then come the months that follow (from what I’ve heard) agents are flooded with, well, junk.
But I think that if you keep in mind that what you have at the end of November is in no way a finished product, then it can work.
Every one says to get through the first draft. Don’t go back and revise. Don’t start over. Just get through it. NaNoWriMo forces you to do just that.
Structure can be your friend. I for one strive under deadlines, and linger without them. I like accountability. It helps me actually get things done.
The NaNoWriMo website allows you to set up a page for your novel. You can keep count of your words, see how many words per day you need to finish on time, and how far you have left to go. It has forums, they send inspirational emails, and lets you know about local events so that you can connect with other NaNoWriMo writers if you want to.
Beyond that, NaNoWriMo encourages young writers through their young writers program. They raise money for their non-profit, and encourage people to write.
If you’re not already participating, I think you should. Maybe you’ll finish. Maybe not. But hopefully you’ll get something out of it, whether that’s a rough first draft, a connection with other aspiring authors, or just end up developing a daily writing habit.