For those who don’t know, November is known within the writing community as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s an average of 1,667 words per day — you know, easy peasy.
I’ve participated 2 or 3 times, I think, and never won. I’m just not that speedy. But I always find this time of year exciting, as people gear up — together — to reach their lofty goals. Everyone is full of enthusiasm and ideas and advice. For example…
- Tips from a NaNo vet
Erin is a NaNo pro, and she’s put together a list of really helpful advice for “winning” — or, you know, just getting through the month. (#4 is particularly important.)
- Putting the NANO in NaNoWriMo
Over at Writer Unboxed, Jael McHenry turned NANO into an easy-to-remember guide for writing, and I think it applies far beyond November.
Natalie Whipple puts her own spin on the month of November, choosing to binge on reading instead of writing. Personally I think that’s just as valuable.
Last but not least, my sister Alex has started a new blog, inspired by NaNoWriMo, where she will attempt to post 50,000 words about knitting — what it means to her, tips and tricks, specific projects, etc.
What about y’all? What are you doing for November? Writing, reading, knitting? Or just a whole lotta Thanksgiving eating?
Note: if you’re eligible, don’t forget to vote tomorrow! It’s our right, our privilege, and our responsibility.