I’m Writing a Novel! | NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit that encourages creative writing. Every November, they host NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where participants work to write 50,000 words by 11:59 November 30. “Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel,” their site says.

So here I go attempting this goal.

I attended an interest meeting yesterday on campus and joined a facebook group of UTC students participating this year. I guess that means I’m officially in. Faculty and professional writers from the UTC campus and Chattanooga area spoke and gave words of advice on writing, the creative process, challenges with NaNoWriMo, and the informal nature of NaNoWriMo- enforcing that you can not fail.

 This was really freeing for me, because I don’t need another thing to shoot for and fail at. NaNoWriMo is a personal goal and you can quit whenever you want. I don’t ever do creative, fictional writing. I write this blog and a journal, but I don’t do much crafting or creating, so for me, practice with that and working on being dedicated to writing consistently will be a success.

To write 50,000 words in a month, you need to write about 1,700 words a day, roughly five or six pages of text, I think. I’m going to try to shoot for 2,000 words a day because I know I’m going to start slacking and exams will take some of my time away.

That number didn’t sound very big in the meeting, but now typing it out it looks absolutely impossible.

But man, how cool would it be to write a novel. It would be so cool to write a novel in 30 years, much less 30 days. Worst case, I’ll finish this book [or another entirely separate one] in 30 years. One of the only things on my bucket list is to be a published author, and I see this as a practice step [or maybe even a first step] to actually achieving that.

Things I need to do before November 1:

  1. Think of a story idea and roughly organize it
  2. Sign up on NaNoWriMo.org
  3. Practice with the Scrivener software
  4. Set up the cloud with my laptop so I can save it safely. Maybe I’ll just use google docs though?

I wrote this blog post listening only to “I Can Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club on repeat. ah, oh, ah, ah, oh.

This is where I’ll be for the next three days, studying up on how to prepare myself for this novel. I’m off to buy a giant legal pad the size of myself and more coffee creamer. I’m going to need it.



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