This is not a drill, there are only 6 days until November, which means you have less then a week to prepare for National Novel Writing Month. I know, it’s not a lot of time, but the great news is, you don’t need a plan for novel.

I’m not gonna lie, if you want to someday publish your November creation, it definitely helps to know where you plan to start and what the story should look like at the end, but many people dive into NaNoWriMo without a hint of prep work, so don’t fret just yet. You’ve got a whole 6 days to ponder who and what you wish to write about, and even if those ideas morph into something completely difference 4 days in, you won’t be alone on that uncertain road. In fact, one of the best things about NaNoWriMo is that you’re never alone. All the participants (think millions) are attempting to write some type of story, during the 30 days of November to the tune of 50,000 words.

That’s it. All you need to do is write 50,000 words, during the month of November and they can pretty much be about whatever you’d like. You can write literary fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, fan-fiction. Anything. There are even rebels who work on books they’ve already started (only counting new November words of course) and other souls who seek to write more than 50k (bless them), but every writer is there to tell a story and you can too.

Let me dispel a few myths about who can (or should) participate in NaNoWriMo…

You must be a writer. Nope. Not true. Lots of people tell stories as a hobby, with no intentions of giving up their day job. But if you do consider yourself a writer, amateur or

You need to know how to write. Everyone starts out as a beginner and the only way we improve is by trying. If you can put word after word on a page and get your characters from point a to point b, then you can tell a story, (whether it’s a good one or not is a topic for another day)…

And finally, You must write thee next great novel and it must be perfect and you must reach 50,000 words to call yourself a success. So wrong. it’s okay if you fail. I’ve been participating in novel writing months on and off for the past five years, some in November and some through out the year, and I have definitely failed more than I’ve won. But is that a reason not to try. Heck no.

If you have a story that you want to tell, whether it only lasts 25,000 words, or it’s never read by anyone but yourself, it’s still a story worth telling. And no one should expect your novel to be perfect, least of all you. It’s important to remember that even if you wrote those 50,000 words over the course of 6 months, and plotted out every single detail, it would still be an imperfect beast. You’ll always be learning, and no matter how many words you write this November, if you try, then you’ve already lapped the people saying –“I’ll write a novel someday.”

If you’d like some more information about National Novel Writing Month check out the link to the official site here, and if you’d like to follow me this November I’m here. I’ll also be posting the occasional rant, and word counts on my twitter, and likely here. Best of luck to all you brave souls and I hope to see you this November.

Still not convinced you should participate this year? Check out a vlog in which I try to convince you otherwise.

 

Best wishes,

Ellie.

 

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