Yes, it’s that lovely time of the year again when all (aspiring) writers spend a whole month sitting behind their laptops and computers, with a visible post-it explosion in the room and scribbled notes screaming for attention. Where food is a mere necessity and energy drinks are as important as oxygen. That’s right, I’m talking about NaNoWriMo! J
I remember reading an article on how to write a novel in three days and tried to picture it. The image invoked was one painted with stress and a lot of hair pulling. I cannot imagine writing a novel in three days because I know how long it takes if you want to do it right. Nonetheless, this is how my fascination began with how long it could take to write a novel. So I started with a month. I started with NaNoWriMo.
I’ll start by saying I did make it. I even finished a day early. While I studied at the University. And if I can do it, so can you. It’s just a matter of making it a habit. You get home from work or school and sit down and just write for the sake of writing. Keep going, even if you find out it’s rubbish later on. The first draft is about going with the flow, because that’s where the good stuff usually is. Perfecting it lies with the following drafts. A useful writing tool can be writeordie.com which makes you set a word goal and write those words in one sitting. Best. Invention. Ever. Next to the laptop. And food.
If you’re new at writing it can be quite daunting to even think about finishing a novel, but I highly recommend it. Just get those words on paper. Reread it later. The least you’ll be left is, is a handful of new ideas. At most, a novel. What do you have to lose? Except for sleep.
A little tip before you get started…I advise you to have some basic idea of where you are going. Even if it is just a clear idea of the characters or a general idea for the main plot. The rest you can figure out along the way. Hell, you might even change it along the way. Just write, reread and keep writing.
Good luck and most importantly; have fun! J