Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On your mark, get set...

It's that time of year again.  National Novel Writing Month.

  • Where writers put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard on November 1st,
  • let go of fear, judgement, and doubt
  • and allow the words of a new story to flow through
  • until you complete a 50,000 word novel by 11:59:59 pm, November 30.

Now, I know you're thinking, That's impossible. I could never complete an entire novel in just one month, especially with holiday travel and family drama. I counter your argument -- one can do anything if you trust in yourself and take a leap of faith.

Give yourself permission to write. Don't obsess over the quality. Don't be attached to the outcome.  Have fun and enjoy the process.

My first NaNoWriMo in 2010, despite travel for work, my birthday and holiday travel, I still managed to complete a YA novel with about 30,000 words. It pushed me to the realization that the only thing keeping me from writing was me and my excuses.

Go to the coffee shop during your lunch break. Sneak an hour of writing when you first wake up or right before you go to bed. Recruit friends for support. Join others online or write-ins in your region. And instead of saying "I've always wanted to write a novel," you can start holiday party conversations with "I just finished the first draft of my novel."

no more excuses...write!

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