No, it’s not some strange Mork and Mindy remake. It’s National Novel Writing Month. 

In fact it’s day four of NaNo.  So, what is NaNoWriMo?  It’s a challenge for all aspiring writers to sit down for one month and just write.  Write 50,000 words (yes you did read that correctly fifty thousand) without critiqueing, agonizing over, spell-checking or any other writing roadblock things.  Just write.

Why?  Because too many times people who really want to write a novel sit down and start writing, but then they stop and read what they’ve written.  Then they critique it.  Then they start to rewrite it.  Then they can’t get past the introduction to the first chapter… they quit.

This yearly challenge is to simply get the words on paper.  It doesn’t have to be good, or the perfect turn of phrase or even spelled correctly.  And heaven forbid you even think about punctuation. 

Why 50,000 words?  That ‘s about the amount of words a 175 page novel contains.  Give or take. 

What do you get if you complete it?  A cool web badge.  And the knowledge that you now have a very rough first draft of that book you’ve always said you wanted to write.  What you do with it from there is up to you, but several have actually been published. 

It’s day four and I’m just under 7000 words so far.  I really don’t care at this point if anyone ever reads what I’m writing or whether I actually get it published.  Right now it’s all about getting the words on “paper”. 

Wish me luck.



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