It is October 28.
NaNoWriMo begins in 4 days. For those who've done this crazy event in the past, you know the dread that settles in right about now. For those who've never even heard of it, but you have writer friends that are suddenly pulling their own hair and acting like over-caffinated ostriches, we have reason to get a little crazy.
NaNoWriMo is a short way of saying National Novel Writing Month. It's more than just "National" these days. In it's almost 20 years of running, NaNoWriMo has grown to global proportions. In 2016, nearly 400,000 people, worldwide, participated in this annual November event, including over 70,000 young writers (jr. high and high school age) and educators. And that's just the November numbers. The non-profit organization also hosts 2 Camp NaNos (one in April and one in July), which garners another 60,000 participants (many who also participate in NaNoWriMo in November). Statistics are from the NaNoWriMo press page, here.
I have been carefully planning this year's NaNoWriMo novel. This is a new and novel approach (pun totally intended) for me, as I usually sit down and just write. At the most, I might sit and spend time getting to know my main characters, but not always. (In the fiction world, this is called pantsing. I'm trying to actually be more of a planner this year.)
"Abby's Grace" is my NaNoWriMo novel this year, and I am down to just plotting out the more than 60 scenes that will make up this second chance romance novel. The panic at this point, is very real, though not as intense as it was last year. This year, I am using the scene plotting as a way to sooth my muse, who wants to "just start writing already!"
If you are interested in writing, even if you have no intention of being published, but want to take a stab at writing a novel (50,000 words roughly equals a 200 page book, and this is the standard goal for NaNoWriMo), you can join me over at the NaNoWriMo website (here), and then add me as a writing buddy, by going to my profile (here). Hit the "Add Buddy" button at the top, and when I remember to check my NaNo mail, I'll buddy you right back! I am an awesome cheerleader, by the way... My writing buddy (year round), Allie McCormack, is also a NaNo participant, and you can find her on my profile page, or by clicking here. She's an awesome cheerleader, too!
Not writing, but want to support those who are? Bless you! I'll be publishing a post in the next few days on how to cheerlead for NaNo. You can follow me on social media, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all three, hey!), where I'll be posting daily word counts. You can also get on my mailing list by signing up below. I'll be sharing my favorite NaNoWriMo survival tips and recipes, word goals and actual counts, as well as favorite excerpts from time to time.
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