It’s that time of year again, that special time of year. What’s that, you say? Yes, you’re right, it is Movember – the month of growing facial hair unimpeded.
However, that’s not what you have come to this blog for, is it? NO!
November is NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH!
And once again, this year, I plan to CHEAT!
The official rules of NaNoWriMo are to start a new novel on the first of November and try to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. This can be done by going full-tilt and writing some 1,667 words per day. And at the end of it, you will have 50,000 words of amazing, hot mess. YOUR hot mess, but a hot mess nonetheless.
I am a fan of NaNo – for some people it is a test to prove to themselves that they CAN write a novel. For others, it’s a great way to create a messy first draft from which to build upon. For me, it’s an excuse to work on my own novel and talk unabashedly about novel writing with anyone who will listen.
As I mentioned, this year, I will be cheating. Instead of writing a new work, I’m going to attempt a full revision of my 84,000-word novel, White Bone Demon, first started in NaNoWriMo 2013.
I’m excited this year to be teaming up with fellow writers and friends Zach Ergo, Rachel Wolin, and Benjamin Rubenstein. Each of us has a project and a goal and we are looking forward to weekly write-ins to help keep one another on track.
I would love to tell you all about our projects, but I’ve got to get to work. It’s November 1st!