A to Z Challenge 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


If you're not aware, November is one of the most significant months of the year for any writer.   It doesn't even matter where you are in your writing journey because there's something that occurs every November to inspire and invigorate any writer - NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is an event held annually during the month of November.  Basically the idea is to write every day for 30 days with a goal of hitting 50,000 words (or potentially more).  And just about every writer on the planet has heard of it or volunteered for the challenge.

To be fair, I have yet to finish NaNoWriMo (something I hope to change this year).  I attempted NaNoWriMo back in 2009, but I had to stop as the pressure of finishing my Bachelor's degree became too much.  I made the decision to graduate (which I don't regret), but I did write about 37K words before I stopped.  I consider that to be a decent attempt and I learned just how much I could accomplish in such a relatively short time.

Since November is usually a cold month (here in the U.S. anyway), there's a great reason to huddle inside with your writing implements, frantically getting those words down every day.  And NaNoWriMo means not having to write perfectly - just write.  Sure you'll have to go back later and edit, but that's a given no matter how you choose to write.  Just make sure you write.

What will you be doing this November?


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Eric .. not having a comment and coming to N - I'll add one!

I've never done NaNoWriMo - or considered it .. I admire anyone who does ..

I expect I'll be blogging and adding to my bundle of work there - and I have projects I'll be starting between now and then ..

Cheers Hilary

Anonymous said...

I'll be doing NaNo. Won't everyone? It will be my 4th and I'd better get at least one of these earlier drafts edited before I start novel number 4.. didn't do Camp nano because of this challenge but wish I had as there's nothing better than writing a new novel. There's lots of things better than editing a new draft but I'm working on that one!