The First Day

Hello everyone and welcome to November first! Today marks the beginning of Nanowrimo, the epic novel writing challenge that goes on all over the world, thanks in large part to a wonderful thing called the internet. Many of you readers, much like me, will be going on a crazy novel writing adventure this month. Some of you are aiming for 50, 000. Some of you (and me) are aiming for 100, 000. One or two of you might be aiming for 200, 000 or more. A lot of you are probably aiming for somewhere in between those numbers.

Whatever your goal for this month is, today is a good chance to get a head start. With all the novel-writing momentum of thousands of writers all over the world, you’re sure to be inspired. Go into the forums or into a chat room and find yourself some word wars. Try to write a few hundred words more than you have to today–you’ll be thankful for it later when you get stuck.

If you haven’t already, today is a good day to stock up on chocolate and coffee or tea or whatever your preferred noveling beverage is. Do it on your way home from work or school so that you’re ready to start writing almost the moment you get in the door. Believe in quick meals and quick kisses for the loved ones. Read your outline one last time, flip through your notes–pages and pages of world-building notes if you’re me–to make sure you’re familiar with it, and then get on your computer and write like the wind.

You can hit your word goal, no matter what that word goal is. You will have to make some sacrifices, especially if you’re aiming for more than 50, 000 words. But you can accomplish it–and even if you don’t, you’ll accomplish more than you would if you weren’t attempting this crazy adventure with me and thousands of other writers. No matter how many words you write this month, you will walk away from Nanowrimo with something valuable, whether it be a finished first draft, the first half of a first draft, or just a few good friends.

There is a novel inside you just waiting to get out, so put your butt in a chair and write. We’re all cheering for you.

Happy Nanowrimo everyone!

What is your official word goal for the month?

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About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Nanowrimo, Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow, your goal is quite high! I’m officially aiming for 50k, although I secretly hope to join the ranks of the overachievers this year. I hope to get at least 75k. Not sure if the goal is achievable yet, but I think I’ll see during the first few days. 🙂

    Good luck!

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