Are you familiar with National Novel Writing Month? Every November I say that I’m going to go for it and every November it passes and I probably have 3-10 pages of a novel. This challenge really takes a lot of focus and dedication, but it CAN be done. The way it works is you register on the website and starting midnight November 1st you start writing your novel. You have until the last day of November to get it out, all 50,000 words. You can pace yourself so that you can write each day or specific days each week. From what I’ve read over the years, it’s definitely better to write each day. I’m sure you have heard that the first draft of anything is #$%#. So just keep in mind that this is really an exercise that will stretch you as a writer and allow you to finally get your first draft out. Some writers get deals out of this competition so try to still put some effort into your work because you never know where it will lead you.
Here are a few more pointers if you want to write your first book this month and want to do it with a group for support.
- Check out this “How It Works” list for all the details you need to get started today (it starts today :))
- Check out all of the super generous Writer Perks offered if you participate.
- This is a really helpful workbook of exercises and info to work through before or while you write.
- You will need a word tracker to help you stay on track. Go figure!
Let me know if you decide to take the challenge so we can be writing buddies. I am not writing a fictional novel because my first book is non-fiction content, but I figured this would be a great way to push myself.