Yes, it’s the annual write-for-your-life marathon, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, and I’ve joined the ranks again. I’ll be detailing my annual experience once more over at my WHIRLPOOL blog. Will I make the 50,000 words this month? I don’t know. Will I have more written than when I started? Of that I’m certain.
NaNoWriMo and other endeavors like it–there’s even one for screenplays–are pretty successful tools to keep in a writer’s repetoire. At the beginning you’re invigorated and full of ramped-up anticipation. Writing on a single project every day is a time-tested way to forge a deeper connection with the material. Having that deeper connection allows you to live inside the story and the characters. Synchronicity is heightened. Synapses fire. Connections appear where there were none. New sides of characters are revealed. If nothing else you excavate the novel’s landscape more deeply than you would have had you remained skimming on the surface. It’s not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo, if you dare.
READ ALL ABOUT IT: No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Links: More about Nanowrimo here