NaNoWriMo 2016 begins today. I find it a fun challenge. I surprise myself with my own story. The event gives me an excuse to set aside my internal editor.
If NaNoWriMo is new to you, it is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to crank out 50,000 words before November ends. The site helps you keep track of word count, provides resources, and is free. For my previous posts about NaNoWriMo CLICK HERE.
Does it work? It depends on what you want, and the effort you put into it. I’ve had some satisfactory first drafts in the process, and I’ve had some that fall short of what I’d call a decent first draft. But anything and everything is a start, and participation in NaNoWriMo is one way, among many, to try to finish a first draft. It’s also fun. It comes with a community. If you try it, make friends, follow their progress and encourage them; you should find similar encouragement in return.
If you don’t try it, that’s fine, too. Complete your draft your own way. I’ve certainly completed novels that did not start with NaNoWriMo. Whatever you do, if you want to write a novel, write. And write. And write…