November 5, 2013
I always find November such an exciting time. It’s when writers come together to participate in Nanowrimo. The goal of Nanowrimo is to write a novel within 30 days. A huge feat, and many authors I know accomplish it hands down – it’s their level of commitment I find astounding.
I’m in awe of anyone who can shove everything aside, get the plot down and still have something that makes some sort of sense to turn into a novel. Dale Mayer is one of the most adept at Nanowrimo, and somehow the book she writes during this time is good enough to work into her next best seller.
For those who can’t write a novel in 30 days (like me — I have to get each chapter just so before I move on, I use the time for brainstorming. My books include a lot of research, so my month is spent doing just that. Amazon loves me during the month of November, and so does my local library. Without research, and brainstorming, spitting words on a page is just gibberish. If Nanowrimo works for you, terrific, if it doesn’t that does not preclude you from being a writer.
“I hate writing, I love having written.” ~ Dorothy Parker
“10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.
Write when you have something to say.
Write when you don’t.
Write every day.
~ Brian Clark
And my favorite….
Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” ~ Mickey Spillane
Whether you’re doing Nanowrimo, researching or writing at a snail’s pace never forget that writing is a process. Do what works for you.