Never heard of it?
I had heard bits and pieces of it here and there.... NaNo this... and NaNo that... but I wasn't sure what everyone was talking about...
The short of it is, NaNoWriMo is a contest of sorts held annually in November.
Why? Because November is Novel Writing Month. (Yay!!!)It's challenge: to write 50,000 words from Nov 1 - Nov 30.
It's focus: quantity, not quality.
That's right, I said quantity. At first you might squint and say, What? Don't focus on quality, how absurd. But not really.
There is a time and a place to concern yourself with the beauty of your MS, the flow of your phraseology, the air-tightness of your plot, the motivation of your characters, the... well, you get the picture. It's just the first draft it not that time, nor place. All that should matter in a first draft - OK, the biggest factor of the first draft - is finishing the darn thing! Once you start editing and revising a first draft, you lose focus. You lose momentum. You lose your mind! And that threat of your baby becoming an Unfinished Novel under your bed becomes very real.
How do I know this? Because this is precisely what I have been doing for the past year! I have been working, revising, editing, re-writing my first draft. And where has that gotten me? Well, no where, really. It's made me stagnant. I keep re-reading my first draft saying, Oh wait, I forgot this. Or, Oh wait, that's all wrong. Or, Oh wait, that's way too weak a motivation, etc. And so... I keep going back to stage one instead of being able to push forward and move onto a second, third, fourth draft!
It's time to STOP THE MADNESS PEOPLE!
So, I challenge all of you first drafters out there: Join NaNoWriMo with me and Cindy and Leeza, and countless others. And let's once and for all, WRITE/FINISH THAT NOVEL!!!
Did I convince you? Tell me your buddy name and I'll tell you mine and we can cheer each other on.
PS You're allowed to use outlines and notes, but they are not part of your daily word count.