It’s November already which, for writers everywhere means one thing… NaNoWriMo time! For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual scheme where writers around the world begin to write on the 1st of November with a goal of creating a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. I admire all that do it. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and planning. 3 things I can do but not necessarily all at the same time…
Why do NaNoWriMo ?
If you have a dream to write a book, then this is the perfect opportunity. The hardest bit about writing is starting. I spent years talking about writing a book, reading about how to write, thinking up ideas. But did I actually write? No, not for years. Then an author I know gave me a kick up the bum and told me to basically shut up talking about it, and actually just do it. And she was right.
It’s not just about the writing…
NaNoWriMo may be what you need if you’re struggling with motivation. And also, if you react well to support and encouragement from like-minded people. The NaNoWriMo community is helpful, caring, sympathetic and inspiring. It’s more than just the ‘write a novel in a month’ idea. NaNoWriMo is like a writers’ social network. It will help you track your word count, forcing that accountability that will feel painful at times, but necessary to keep you on track. And it’s run in classrooms and schools, looking after our writers of tomorrow.
Check out the website for NaNoWriMo by visiting their website. And, if you’re thinking of writing, or have an idea in your head and don’t know where to start, this could be what you need.
My November writing goals
My November writing plan is to carry on with the 4th novel. I’m still aiming for that April/May 2020 publication. It’s set back in Turkey and I did become a little distracted when researching Istanbul for part of the story. We visited Istanbul once, for just one day whilst on a cruise, and loved it. We vowed to go back one day for a short break, or a long weekend. Planning, and research, is all part of the process though, but it’s just hard to get the balance right sometimes.
I’m also planning for the next two months in terms of social media and blogs. Blogging is something I want to increase, and also to try vlogging. I think it’s a confidence thing… I’m a trainer and am used to standing in front of a lot of people, and speaking publicly. But, the vlogging thing just seems even more scary. I’m using my new planner from ‘The Girls Mean Business‘ to not only plan the last two months of the year, but to make a start on my 2020 goals and define where I want to be. It’s the most organised I’ve ever been, so the planner is definitely working so far. (Read my blog post about it here)
Enjoy November everyone, and good luck to all of you taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge. The achievement isn’t just about completing 50,000 words by the end of the month, it’s about starting your book, and making your dreams become reality…