1 Novel, 30 Days, 50,000 Words.

Real men, Real romance

What these boys don’t know about romance,  you don’t need to know!

Ah, November. Thirty days (and nights!) of literary abandon. Well, that can be true. A lot of people write a lot of words, most of which are not (yet) fit to be read.

Writers abound in my county, but they’re mostly paid professional working writers of some stripe. NaNoWriMo is ignored. We don’t have a single NaNoWriMo group. We’re just a dead space between Santa Barbara and LA counties.

I love NaNoWriMo, in theory, because it encourages people to write everyday and not worry about the consequences. On the other hand, whatever gets written, however wonderful, will need revision and edits and maybe some volunteer readers, before it’s submitted anywhere.

One local-ish library is doing a Write-In on Sunday afternoons this year. That’s not really as exciting a meeting up for an after-dark all-nighter at a cafe. I’d certainly go to that. But I’m already working to deadline on a book that fell behind the curve — because resource material being shipped from Bad Kreuznach (in Germany) only just got here yesterday, so  . . . I’ll have to put off experiencing my first NaNoWriMo for another year.

I do think a fast writer can turn out a good book. I remember once hearing about three men who worked in publishing. They went on a fishing trip, just for a few days, but it rained miserably. After a few beers, they hit upon the idea of writing a romance novel. It was done in by the time they left. They submitted anonymously under a pen name, it was picked up and published, and met with great popular success.

So really, if three men in a cabin, to say nothing of the fish, can write a book, I’m sure you could too.

Good Luck!

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5 thoughts on “1 Novel, 30 Days, 50,000 Words.

  1. Thanks, Indra! It’s been a really great shift to move from an editing mindset to a creating mindset. So far I’m having a lot of fun.

    That plan with your friends sounds really ideal.

  2. Good Heavens! When will people learn what bears already know, the only good draft is the kind that comes in a glass.

    Fingers crossed that novel will be in a box and on its way to some agent by the end of the month. That way your typist will have those dreams crushed by January and be all for hitting the bottle with you and blogging about it.

  3. For you, Alison, it’s an excellent getaway from that WIP. You can write without consequences or guilt. Just get back into the joy of the flow. That will generate some positive creative mojo you can carry back to the WIP.

    Some friends of mine and I were thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, but I didn’t get organized in time. I wanted to do a story in the round 30 different writers.

    One of us would write the first day’s 1700 words and start the story, posting it on their personal blog, and they’d provide a link for the next day to another person’s blog, who would have to pick up the story and add 1700 words before handing it off again, until, 30 writers later . . . there was a complete novella.

    That way none of us had to write 50K, all of us could participate, but the challenge would still be there in the growing of a story we didn’t start and couldn’t control. That would make it a real test. Maybe next year!

    Remember, it’s all about having fun.

  4. Can you believe it? One of the reasons my blog is so patchy these days is that SOMEONE is drafting a novel. I wish you well as long as you don’t neglect the bears in your life!

  5. Great post. This is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo. I’m pretty nervous about it and I’m not sure if it will work for me, but I figured it would be a good thing to try out.

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