Yesterday, on what was admittedly a bit of a whim, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (often known as NaNoWriMo). As most people in the writing world will know, NaNoWriMo happens every November, and is a challenge in which writers try and write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That averages out at around 1667 words a day!
Whilst I have heard about it before, it had never really crossed my mind to actually do it! 50,000 words in a month? Crazy! But maybe I was brainwashed by repeatedly seeing posts about it floating round the blogosphere, and tweets about it on Twitter, because I suddenly decided to go for it!
And what does my last minuteness mean? That whilst most participants have probably spent October planning out the novel they will write for NaNoWriMo, I have got no plan at all. I have an idea, but it’s nothing more than a vague concept. No plot, no clear-cut characters, no setting…and I have to make a 50,000 word novel out of that nothing!
It’s fair to say, I’m pretty daunted, but also pretty excited. I have kind of fallen out of fiction writing a little bit since starting my blog, as I have been too busy writing posts, but really, there’s no reason why, with a bit of discipline, I shouldn’t do both! Although it will be hard to fit in with my job and all the writing and reading I do for my blog (plus having some semblance of a social life!), I think it will be fun, and will definitely be an achievement if I make it!
I will keep the blog updated with how I’m doing as I go along. Is anyone else entering NaNoWriMo this year?