November, the month after Halloween, and before Christmas, and in my neck of the woods, the beginning of winter. Seriously, it's a blizzard out there today.
If you have ever thought about writing a novel, November is the time to do it. It's called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.
This is the time to open your laptop or pick up a pen and write and entire 50 000 page novel in one month.
How Do I Start?
I have been considering writing my own novel for...oh...at least six years now. But life is funny, and something always gets in my way. This year, I finally did it. I actually signed up.
Now what? Well, it's November 2nd now, and for two days in a row I've opened my computer and stared at a blank screen. But someone very wise once told me, "if you don't know where to start, just start!"
Pretty cryptic, but the goal isn't to have a perfect novel written in one month. The goal is to get your idea down on virtual paper (or real paper, if you prefer.) The goal is to get a mess of a novel done in 30 days.
Polish it later. I figure the psychology behind that is that if I do the grueling work of writing an entire novel in one month (minus two days for me, I love to procrastinate) I will have come way to far to just abandon all my hard work.
There is a website devoted to your novel, you can find it at: nanowrimo.org. Set up a profile. Introduce your novel (accountability is key!) and earn badges along the way.
There is an incredible amount of support available to you. Write offs, I get emails almost daily full of encouragement, inspiration, and daily tips on how to reach my goals.
I plan on making this my in-between during my lazy man's housework. Because I just can't commit to cleaning my entire home in one foul swoop. Don't ask me why, I live in a two bedroom apartment. It should be easy.
So, without much further adieu, I'm going to go clean my bathroom, open my word processor, and continue to stare at a blank page.