This November gave me another opportunity to sharpen my writing skills by participating in the National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. Those who participate agree to write a complete novel, 50,000 words or more, in the month of November. For more details, look at www.nanowritmo.org
Sounds easy? Think again. Finding the time to write each day is harder than it seems. Life interrupts and writing has to wait. Whether it’s a job, kids, meals, bathroom breaks or spousal demands, life will always intrude.
Last year, a friend of mine told me about NaNoWriMo and I thought it would be fun to participate. I signed up for free and on November first, I started to write. I hammered away at the keys wondering if there was any way I could finish. I did it and wrote over 65,000 words. This year, I finished a little earlier than I did last year, and I hit the 88,000 word mark! Not bad, considering how many times I went back and cut the manuscript because the story was going in the wrong direction.
As always, it’s a lot of fun. If you have ever considered writing a novel but didn’t think you had what it takes to do it, try NaNoWriMo and see if you do. It costs you nothing, winning is easy and you get to put a fun graphic on your blog.