It's November! Write a Novel!
Well, it's about that time again. The leaves have changed color, the weather's turned a corner... and we've once again arrived at the glorious time of year known as National Novel Writing Month!
A self-proclaimed "fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing," NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has that book inside of them -- but who's never gotten around to actually getting it down on paper. Beginning November 1 (or November 3, or November 7, or whenever), the goal is to crank out a 50,000 word rough draft by the end of the month.
If that sounds overwhelming, don't let it be. As Joyce Lamb pointed out in USA Today, you can get there if you average about 1,667 words per day. And while yes, that's still a lot of writing, it is comforting to know that the whole idea is to just write and write, without any revision or criticism. When you do it that way, it's much easier to relax and crank out a lot more words than you normally would.
If you need some help and/or inspiration, check out some of the NaNoWriMo productivity tips from the bestselling (and incredibly prolific) author Kevin J. Anderson. All he's ever done is write more than 100 books that have been translated into 30 languages, with more than 20 million books in print. So, yeah, maybe take a little of his advice, huh?
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