Do you think you can write an average of 1667 words a day, cohesively, and make a story of it? After all, that’s all it takes to complete NaNoWriMo.
November brings National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short), and each year brings hordes of people who try to complete a 50,000 word novella in the space of 30 days. Most of us do it as a way to focus us on our craft, and some of us just do it because we’re masochistic. I think a good deal of us fall into both categories, actually.
But think about it! A whole community dedicated to supporting one another as we marathon to a goal that is attainable (I’ve completed it twice), even if it is a little daunting. Your friends can join you, and you can watch your friends’ word counts increase. Local communities host word sprints, write-ins, get-togethers and the like, where you can pack up your laptop and head to a local coffee shop or diner, get some coffee and a snack, and see how much you can pump out together.
Hell, I have even participated in day-long Skype sessions where we all write together, chattering at each other while we try to get as much of our stories written as we can.
And the best part is this: NaNo’s free. You don’t pay a thing to participate.
Well, here at Geeks and Geeklets, we’re going to do it this year. Some of us are going to be participating, and I will be giving weekly updates on the progress of our projects, giving you a look at what NaNo can be.
Myself, Julz, Sarah, Allison, Trey, Ann and Rene are going to be trying to pump out novellas in the course of the month, in the hopes that we can get these stories published and make bigger names for ourselves. We have stories we want to tell, and dammit, we have a month to tell them!
Julz (myffanwy) is going to be attempting 2 novellas plus following up on her sequel novel this year to make the 50k word count.
Sarah (A SE2015) is pushing hard for an 80,000 word standalone to be done by the 17th of November!
Allison (quillscribbles) is working on a follow-up novel she has titled The Supervillain’s Daughter, and a side novella, trying for a 70k word count by the end of NaNo.
Trey (korngirl723) is putting the horror boots on and trying her hand at crafting a something outside of her usual comfort zone for the month. Best of luck!
Ann (icebthprincess) is going to try at a romance novella, as well as juggle her home duties as a new mom.
Rene, while having no idea what exactly she wishes to write this year, is confident her muse will show and she’ll have the inspiration needed to make it.
And I (chalybsanimusii) will be writing the second novel in the Steel City Mages series, tentatively titled Debts Owed, Promises Kept, continuing the story of Quinn Franklin.
We’re all going to be writing different stories in different genres, but keep your eyes open for our regular updates on how we’re all doing, or come look for us on the NaNo website, www.nanowrimo.org.