I am a huge fan of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It involves writing a book of at least fifty thousand words in thirty days, and happens in November. I’ve participated since 2011. It is a fantastic experience, with plenty of encouragement, things to talk about, and other resources. Most importantly, it gets you writing.
I only finished NaNo once, in November 2012. It was both very rewarding and extremely exhausting. I didn’t write for months afterwards. Still, I got fifty thousand words of a novel written, and in February of that year I finished it up. It’s still basically in draft format, because it need a lot of work (as you can imagine, writing a novel in thirty days is not conducive to writing well). But I think it’s worth pursuing, once I get the nerve to go back and do a complete rewrite of it.
Unfortunately this year I am simply way too busy to even attempt NaNo. I just have far too much school work to do, and don’t want to do a mediocre job on it because I’m trying to write 1,667 words every day. What I am planning on doing is finishing up a short story I’ve been working on. It seems like a reasonable goal to get done in a month. It’s about some raindrops that fall in love (something that’s pretty taboo in the raindrop world). Hopefully it works out, and I’ll let you know how it goes.
It’s my first year in four years without starting NaNo. I’m pretty bummed about it. But still, I have my own goals and those are definitely enough to keep me busy!
P.S. Here’s the link to the Nano website if you’re interested: http://nanowrimo.org/