I’m sending out an email tonight to my friends and family to let them know what I’m up to with my writing this month. I figured as long as I was writing, I might as well share it with all of you following me out in blog world too.
November 1st marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of this, so chances are that you haven’t either. Let me explain a little of what I’ve learned so far. The point of NaNoWriMo is to encourage and inspire anyone who has thought about writing, but for whatever reason hasn’t started yet. This community of writers is largely based online, but some groups also choose dates to meet locally. Either way, a supportive group is there for you when you struggle with writer’s block, need a break, a little inspiration, or a push in the right direction. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There’s no focus on editing, proofreading, or revising. Just writing. The editing will start in December. So why should this matter to you? Because this year I’m joining the challenge and I need your help. Some of you already know this, but for those of you who don’t, last month I took the leap and started writing a novel. It may never amount to much, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so now I’m doing it for myself. I’ve already got a few chapters written, but I’m hoping that NaNoWriMo will give me a little kick or push to keep plowing through now that I’m past the first step. What I need from you is simple. All I ask for is your support and encouragement. The first step of NaNoWriMo is to announce it to all your friends and family. To quote their welcome letter, “Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November. This will pay big dividends in Week Two, when the only thing keeping you from quitting is the fear of looking pathetic in front of all the people who’ve had to hear about your novel for the past month. Seriously. Email them now about your awesome new book. The looming specter of personal humiliation is a very reliable muse.” So that’s what I’m doing. There are links below if you want to check out my website or blog. You can also just email me, or let me know if you want to be part of my email list that receives updates. Whatever you choose to do or not do is fine by me. I’m not doing this to force any followers or promote my book, I just wanted to keep you up to date with what I’ve been working on since I know not everyone is on Facebook. Thank you all in advance for your support.