That’s the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
I first heard about NaNoWriMo in 2010 when my wife entered. It looked like a lot of fun, and I’ve wanted to enter since. For a long time, I never made the commitment to jump in and do it, despite having a story concept rattling around in my head for years.
This year, we noticed that our local library has hosting a planning party for this year’s event. Well, we decided to jump in. We went to the party, me without really deciding what I was going to write.
Now here we are, late in the evening of day 4, and I’m sitting at 11176 words so far…over 1/5 of the way to the goal. It feels pretty good.
I’m learning a lot about my approach to writing a story. I don’t tend to map it out (or I haven’t so far 😉 ). It makes it all the more exciting to see where the characters are going to take the story. because the heck if I know! (OK, I know how I want it to end…)
As I busily write my novel, I’ll drop in and write a few thoughts about the process and the event itself.
Do you NaNo? If you do, introduce yourself in the comments and let me know how it’s going for you!