Dare you undertake National Novel Writing Month?
All you have is 30 days to write 50,000 words. That’s 1,600 words a day, which is about six pages’ worth in MLA format. If you complete this challenge, thus writing enough words for a short novel, then you can call yourself a novelist! November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, ¬nd those who utilize all of those words for an actual story are the Rambos of the novelist community. The idea behind the challenge is to gain enough momentum to just finish a first draft.
If it’s your first novel, it’s going to be crap; that’s just the reality of first drafts and first creative attempts for most of us mere mortals. However, NaNoWriMo can help a writer break through the daunting task of that first novel manuscript. Through that month of writing furiously every day, you gain momentum that will hopefully carry you all the way through the climax, falling action, and resolution. Your novel might not be a best seller in December, but at least you’ll learn a lot about the novel writing process. Whatever you do, resist the urge to edit or take a day off; just sit down and spew out your plot. Embrace the clichés to your heart’s desire!
I decided to give it a try myself, and the first few pages are already as terrible as Twilight. The concept is a fantasy love triangle romance, and there’s a dragon lurking in the background. Why a dragon? I have no idea; ask me again in 30 days.