Preparing for NaNoWriMo

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWrimo is National Novel Writing Month.

The goal of this adventure is to set aside your fear of failure, set aside your fear of success, put down your excuses about writer’s block, hide your perfectionist editor in a closet, and write like a freaking madman for a full month.

Every day, you sit down and you write. You work on a single project, a novel, for thirty straight days and in the end, if you have succeeded, you will have produced 50,000 words of novel. These words might be utter crap and you may throw them out at the end of the month, but more than likely, you will have produced some extremely valuable ingots, from which you can mold and hone chapters of your novel. To put this in perspective, a typical YA novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words whereas a George R.R. Martin tome might weigh in at over 200,000 words.

I have said (and posted) many times before that “writers write” and that the single biggest cure for writer’s block is to sit down and write. Whether you think what you are writing is crap or not, you are writing. For me, after struggling with my own inner demons for about 20 minutes, after that I end up in a zone. Once I’m in that zone, I can write and write and keep on writing until I pass out from low blood sugar or dehydration.

It is this zone that NaNoWriMo tries to induce, to get writers to move their fingers, fuel their creativity, and just write.

Edit in December. In November, write like a madman (or woman), take a break for turkey, then write some more.

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