November is in the air. Here in Ohio it doesn’t quite feel like it, but the wind is whistling with hints and screams that WINTER IS COMING. But before it does, November is the month of national novel writing, commonly called NANOWRIMO.
If you’ve not heard of this majestic/burnout inducing idea, the premise is to write 50,000 words in a month. Which if you’re aiming for it…is what we write for medical romances. So get those hot doc, sexy paramedics and flirtatious veterinarians down on page and send them to Mills & Boon.
I did my first Nano in 2014. It’s a book that will forever live under my bed. It’s entire purpose was to teach me that I wanted to write, didn’t yet really know what I was doing, and could sit for a while and get words on the page.
I’d love to tell you that this made me a NANO enthusiast, ready and willing to tackle the 50k each year. I write multiple stories of that length every year, so this shouldn’t be too hard. Except it always is. And that’s okay. I’ve written 50k in a month exactly twice since I started writing. Once in Nano and I didn’t write for almost three months after due to burnout. And once for a book I was contracted for; the burnout was real there too.
I am not saying this to dash Nano dreams. I have writer friends that live for this time year. It reenergizes them and gets the creative juices floating. There are YouTube videos that start in October, usually titled something like Plantober: Get read for Nano with me.
What I am saying is you are more than your word count. I run a weekly writer’s group and every November we spend our meetings doing write-ins. And without fail, I’ll have writer friends that panic or get down, because they aren’t hitting the 1,667 words needed a day to hit the Nano goal. I hate that. I hate it for them, I hate it for their work, I just hate it.
So if you are tackling Nano, here is my cheers to you! I am on the site www.nanowrimo.org as Juliette Hyland, feel free to make me a buddy. I probably won’t hit 50k (and that’s okay). If you have no desire to tackle it or you are hating on your word count….please use this as your mantra: you are more than your word count. Take a deep breath; it’s okay.
Just before Nano started I put a video about it on my YouTube page…it’s linked below if you want to take a look.
Happy November everyone.