For a lot of writers, Halloween signifies something very different than candy and costumes — it is the last day of freedom before the start of National Novel Writing Month, which begins at 12:01am on November 1 every year. Now in its 12th year, NaNoWriMo (what it’s called amongst the Rhinos who participate) challenges writers of any walk of life to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and 30 each year.
This is my second serious attempt to complete NaNoWriMo; I sorta kinda thought about it two years ago, but last year I really gave it a valiant try — which lasted approximately 36 hours. At the time, I had a small sapling of an idea that I quickly realized needed a major boost of worldbuilding, plotting, and character development before I could even begin to pound out 2,000 words a day. Since then, I’ve worked pretty diligently on the development of that idea (which I still love) and have now been counting down the days to November 1 when I could finally start writing it.
So here’s my question: how many of you, our brilliant HPB booklovers all around the country, are also writers? Are you giving NaNoWriMo a go? Have you always wanted to write a novel (or just write anything) but felt like you didn’t have a support system, or maybe just needed a good kick in the pants? We’d love to get to know our HPB writers out there — so let us know who you are in the comments (what you write, what you read, what you’d love to spend your days working on if you had unlimited time and resources) and we’ll do a random HPB giftcard drawing (because after all, good writers are always avid readers — am I right?)
Otherwise, wish me luck! Keep me accountable! I’ll posted my progress throughout the month (and if I crash and burn, please make me feel super guilty. I respond well to guilt :)) If you are also sacrificing your life for the next 30 days, visit the NaNoWriMo site, which has some helpful suggestions on staying on track – including connecting with other Rhinos in your area, participating in write-ins, and keeping each other accountable. You can also follow @nanowrimo on Twitter.
— Kristen D.
P.S. Not to douse all this hope I’m gathering here, but this “So You Want to Write a Novel” video is a really funny dose of reality for everyone who’s ever thought about publishing (it went rapid-fire around the internet last fall & is still just as relevant now.)