Its that time of year again and many of us crazy writers are pounding away at our keyboards trying to churn out a first draft of a new novel by the end of the month. While it sounds impossible, it actually is achievable – with a few caveats. The first of which is that you have to stay motivated. While not simple, there are many resources and people out there willing to help with this. The NaNo community is huge and grows every year. I attended my first kick off party this year to get a head start on the writing. It was a fun light hearted meeting and helped me get a good jump on my word count.
The second part to remember is that if you make it all the way to the end – you are not done. Its true that you have achieved a hug accomplishment and are a bit more awesome for it – but there is more to be done. What you have now is a rough draft. If you stuck with the spirit of NaNoWriMo you churned out words without thought to editing. Does that mean you have a pile of unusable crap? It shouldn’t. It should mean you have a rough story that you can revise and complete, polishing it up until it is in a form you can be proud of. NaNoWriMo is great so long is kept in perspective. So, having said that – GO FOR IT!
I’m just over 5000 words in as day two draws to a close. I’m excited and looking forward to the rest of the month.