In a few days time, November 1st, it will be the National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo. The idea is to challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in that month, which probably wouldn’t be a whole novel, but a jolly decent part of it. It sounds daunting – and yes it actually is, but it’s also a very good way of pushing you into writing, of getting something written even if you don’t manage to reach the target.
I’d heard about it several years before I actually attempted it, and I have to say, it’s thanks to NaNoWriMo that I wrote my first Radwinter novel. That year everything must have been set fair, because I flew through the challenge, completed it and wrote a pleasing few thousand over the target. As we moved into December, I continued and finished the story, edited it, worked on it, and published it. I took the challenge every year for several years after, and wrote several more novels with its help. I didn’t go on to publish everything I wrote, In the early days there seemed quite a community of buddies who I kept in touch with, encouraged by them and encouraging them in turn. Over the last few years I actively participated, I didn’t find a similar gang which was rather a shame.
It’s been several years since I felt in the mood to sign up for the challenge and the adventure; as I’ve mentioned here I’ve been through somewhat of a slow period with writing, who knows way, but I have plodded on. Now I feel up to having a bash at those 50,000 words in November. I’m not sure exactly what, so it will be a voyage of discovery. The thing is, even if I’m not successful in reaching the target, I will have written something at least!