In case you haven’t heard the commotion, November is National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers around the world are working and worrying themselves to peck or scratch out 50,000 words of story by the end of the month. Winners are anyone who completes the mission. That doesn’t mean the story is done, just that you’ve got 50,000 words of it down. NaNoWriMo is considered by many to be a great motivation tool.
If you’re brave and persevering, you can join the NaNoWriMos but work on narrative nonfiction instead. Become a rebel and compete in NaNonFicWriMo (National Non-Fiction Writing Month) by working on your memoir or lifestories. Set aside time each day or so and try not to get behind – 50,000 words is approximately 1600 words or 5.5 double-spaced pages each day, for a final count of about 128 pages, which is considered a very short book. And just write – spit it out – because you’re only producing a first draft, not the real thing. That should take some of the pressure off. You can actually sign up for the challenge on the NaNoWriMo website and join the nonfiction subgroup.
I’ve got my goal for the month, but it involves a scraper and house paint.
“Cherry Blossoms in Twilight”