I love November. Not only is it during the autumn (my favorite season), but it houses one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. (I’m big on gratitude, so I love that we have a whole day dedicated to counting our blessings.) And on top of all this goodness, November is the month for writers!
In November, hundreds of thousands of writers participate in NaNoWriMo, the affectionate nickname for National Novel Writing Month. Last year, some 350,000 people sat down during the month and wrote a novel. Yes, a whole novel (50,000 words) written in one month. It’s fast and furious and completely awesome.
There is an official NaNoWriMo “contest” sponsored each year by the people who came up with the crazy idea of writing a novel in a month. But they have rules to follow; rules such as starting from scratch with a brand-new idea. I think this a great idea, but unfortunately this year I’m knee deep in the middle of a YA fantasy and I DO NOT WANT TO STOP WRITING IT. I am in love. Yes, first draft love (which, for me, is hard to do…I really hate first drafts).
So this year I decided I would participate in my own NaFiYoNoMo. (“National Finish Your Novel Month” for those who can’t decipher my made-up lingo.) I started with 28,000 words of my novel, and I hope to add another 50K to it by the end of the month. That should put me near the end of the novel. I think.
I am a little nervous about pulling it off, because…let’s be honest. I’d forgotten how little time I have to myself when I’m homeschooling the kids. But I feel like I need to push through a fast draft this month or I’m going to never get this book written. I love it but I’ve not written anything since summer. Instead I’ve just spent time daydreaming about what to write next while I help kids work through their school work (or am busy with household projects such as laundry and vacuuming).
Anyway, speaking of NaFiYoNoMo, I do love that others have started their own variations of NaNoWriMo. Some of my writing friends are buddying up to work through NaNoRevMo (National Novel Revision Month). And my picture book friends didn’t want to be left out of the fun, either. Lots of them are participating in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), where they come up with an idea for a picture book each day of the month.
So this month is the month to get writing! If you’ve been thinking about creating a novel (or writing a children’s picture book), get started! You’re already a day behind schedule!