NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is the annual month-long writing event whereby aspiring as well as published authors spend one month writing a novel of 50,000 words. Basically, it’s a contest for people who have always talked about writing that “book” one day, but for some reason or another have never gotten around to doing it.
The contest is simple and challenging. For one month, in November, participants are to write a 50,000-word novel. There are kinds of pep talks, gatherings, write-ins (which to me smacks more of social networking than serious writing, but that’s just me) all designed to help writers finish their projects. In order to finish on time, one has to write on average 1,667 words a day, which doesn’t seem like much, but this is every day. Fall behind and you just might not catch up.
I’ve known a few people who have done it in the past and when November 1st started getting close, I thought, what the hell, let’s see if I could do it this year. You know, just to say that I did it. As it happened, I had this one idea for a thriller set in Korea that I have been wanting to write for some time, but was too busy with other writing projects: Ice Cream Headache, When A Hard Rain Falls, and the soon-to-be-published, I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
How am I doing so far? I’ve managed to meet my daily word quota and as the contest started its third week, I have started to pull ahead of the word count quota; though this is more for insurance purposes knowing quite well of the corners we writers sometimes write ourselves in.
My original idea has gone through a couple of changes; surprisingly, these changes have actually given me more fodder to write. I love how writing is a journey of discovery: you start out with one idea and then suddenly you stumble across a twist or turn in the plot which takes your book on a whole new exciting path.
Enough said here. I need to get back to my book.