National Novel Writing Month

Well, I’m writing…. ALL month. However, I’m not officially participating in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). I’m not participating, since I’m in the midst of heavy editing/re-writing for a work in progress and word count doesn’t matter. Now if NaNoWriMo had a plotting and editing calculator I might have signed up. Plot point fixed (check), tone evened out (check, check). Wouldn’t that be fun! I do keep a weather eye on NaNoWriMo progress. Over the weekend I was reminded that Paolo Coelho wrote The Alchemist in two weeks. There’s proof that doing a made dash to write a novel in a month isn’t all that crazy. Now, he did have the idea, actually the entire story firmly in his mind, before seeing pen to paper. An important caveat to speedy creation.  I hope that anyone who has been ‘thinking’ about writing ANYTHING creative (novel, poetry, play, movie or television script) considers NaNoWriMo to get started. Collective energy and the notion that Yes, you can! is a great motivator. You don’t have to write the great American novel, a finished rough draft will do. After all, then you can join me and use the next month to revise and rewrite.  For more information on NaNoWriMo look to their website: https://nanowrimo.orgOr follow them across most social media platforms: #NaNoWriMo  

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