Writing a novel in a month is a crazy idea, but every year in November, a lot of people try to do it. Or, at least, they try to write 50,000 words in one month, getting a long way to having a decent draft to work off.
I’ve never participated in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it’s called. However, this year, I’m jumping in and participating for the first time. I need to finish my current book, and I think having a whole load of writing buddies, egging me on, and supporting me, just as I will support them, will help me.
It looks like there is a lot of camaraderie amongst participants and I’m looking forward the the experience.
A lot of my non-writing friends often ask me if I agree with the prevailing wisdom that ‘Everyone has a book in them.’ And my answer is, yes, everyone ‘may’ have a book in them, but having a book in you is one thing. Sitting down to write 80,000+ words that make sense and hang together in a way that holds the reader’s attention isn’t for everyone. Faced with doing that, or a poke in the eye with a blunt stick, I’d say my husband would choose the blunt stick. At least it’s over fast and only hurts for a little while.
And a lot of my friends agree that would be their choice, too. My husband is not alone .
So, for the writers who read this blog, have you ever participated in NaNo, and if so, what did you get out of it? If you’re doing it this year, please list your Nano name in the comments and I’ll make you a writing buddy. My NaNo name is michelled (so unique, so snappy ). And for the readers, do you ever get the yen to write a book, or does the very thought make you look desperately for that blunt stick?