Oct 31

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Nanowrimo: The write thing…

Duh-duh-da-deh Duh-da!  And the pencaps are off…

If you are like me and have a hard time finishing what you write (or writing anything at all), I've got news for you:

Today is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo

Why is that important? You say you didn't need another reason to make you feel miserable about your word count?

Nanowrimo isn't a contest.  Well, OK, it kind of is; but you're only competing with yourself.  You've got 30 days to write book.

What?  You've had a hard time writing a book in thirty years?  Well, it's a good thing you're reading this.

Most writer's I've met are procrastinators.  And most of them don't make a living only writing books.  This means writing time frequently gets pushed after the day job, responsibilities at home, and family time.  Which means there usually isn't much time left for writing.

Most successful writers have a routine.  If you aren't successfully making your word count every week, chances are you probably don't have one.  And that's where nanowrimo comes in.  It will help get you in the habit of writing.

No, you probably don't want to tell your boss you're too busy to come to work, because you're writing a novel.  Same goes for your spouse–they don't like being ignored.

But, if you're really thinking of taking the next step and seeing what it really takes to be a writer, taking the career out for a thirty day test drive is a lot easier then quitting your job, or getting a divorce.  You can find time to write at work.  Trust me, I know.  Do you have any idea how many Soldiers and Airmen take smoke breaks?  Well, if someone in your office can take a few minutes every hour to work on killing their lungs, there shouldn't be a reason you can't work on your book.

Same thing at home.  If you tell your family you want to take the next month to try to write a book, and that it's an experiment, chances are not only will they let you–but they'll probably ask how they can help.

And that's the real secret of nanowrimo.  That's how so many thousands of people can write a book in 30 days.  They don't do it on their own.  Once you sign up, you are no longer trying to accomplish the "impossible" on your own.  You're thrown into a battalion of writers, each with their own time challenges and writing issues.  You no longer are a one man army.  You're part of a close knit team.  And if your word count starts suffering from massive hemorrhaging, you can call for a medic.


600x750mm sign intended to match the specifica...                               Meet the Medic!


You're still fighting the same war against writer's block, distractions, and plot holes; but you no longer have to fight them alone.

Once you sign up, you will get connected to other Nanowrimo participants near you.  You get get together at a library, a bookstore (the few that remain), or starbucks.  There are Nano groups all over the world.

But what if there isn't one near you?  Well, as long as you have access to the internet, that isn't a problem.  You can even participate in a war zone.  


Been there, done that…

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