It’s November 4th. If you’re participating in Nanowrimo, you’re probably either ahead of the game, or already wondering what the hell you were thinking participating in this crazy thing. Either way, you’re my hero. I can’t say enough good about Nanowrimo. I wrote Broken Patterns because of it, and I wrote the sequel, Starting Chains, the year after. If you want to write your first book, or at least get the first 50,000 words done in a month, do this!
Last year, though, I wasn’t going to be able to participate. I had Broken Patterns sitting on my desk, undone, and Starting Chains was still in rough draft form. I couldn’t start on another novel with those two still staring at me, like two neglected alley cats might watch if you bring a new kitten into your home.
Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one. Nicole Simms, who I found on Facebook and just fell in love with, was in the same boat. So we decided to do Nanoedmo in November. That way we could participate in all of the writing brother/sisterhood of the month and make progress on our current projects.
Full disclosure, we didn’t make up Nanoedmo. It’s just normally done in March. There’s a whole website dedicated to it, which you can visit by going here.
You might find that you, yourself are in a similar situation. (Yes, I’m already thinking of Alice’s Restaurant.) I imagine that a lot of writers have that abandoned ally cat of a manuscript, lurking around their desk, hissing at the new kitten manuscripts that have your attention with their fluffy fur and potential. Let’s give those cats a home together. If you want to join us, that’s awesome. Don’t think that four days in is too late, you can still catch up! It’s an hour and 55 minutes a day, every day for the rest of the month. Check us out on the official Facebook page, right here.
My goals this year are pretty grand. I have the rewrites for Broken Patterns that I’m working on. Once that’s done, I’ve got two books that I’ve written and they need to go through their second draft. Do I think I’ll get all of this done in a month? Hell no, I’m not masochistic. But I plan to get the rewrites on Broken Patterns done, and that will be an awesome project in itself.
What do you want to accomplish this month? If you’re not going to do either Nano event, but forge your own path as a writer, I’m especially interested in hearing your goals. Let us know in the comments below!