Every November, thousands of writers tackle the insanity known as National Novel Writing Month (colloquially called Nanowrimo or Nano), in which the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Even though 50k words isn’t long enough for most full-length novels, it’s still a great opportunity to get started on a first draft of something, be it fanfic or short stories or poetry or original fiction. Many authors credit Nano with jumpstarting a novel project, including Jason Hough, who wrote The Darwin Elevator.
This is my fourth year doing Nano. I’ve “won” every year, although I never did finish last year’s novel. For 2013, I have a lofty goal: to produce a workable first draft of Aurora, my current work in progress. Yes, I’m cheating, because Nano projects are supposed to be completely new and you’re not supposed to start writing until November 1.
Well I’m giving the rules a big middle finger, because that’s not what works for me. I’m treating Nano as the push to finish this project I’ve been waffling about for several months. I’ve got an outline I like, and I love the characters. I have no more excuses. It’s time to put on my writing pants, sit my butt in a chair, and get this thing done, no matter how many times I want to complain that what I’m writing totally sucks. (Because you’re supposed to suck during Nano. You make everything better later on.)
I finished Chapter 1 yesterday, which means I have 30 more to go (approximately 80k) in 30 days. Can I do it? I’m sure as hell going to try.
And if I don’t succeed, at least I’ll be a lot closer to my goal! And have won Nano.