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The Adventure of NaNoWriMo & Writing a Novel in 30 Days

National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, is a month-long contest/event in November challenging writers around the world to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. If you do the math, that averages out to about 1,667 words per day. This paragraph alone is only 59 words. Imagine repeating that 29 times every day for 30 days.

Sound crazy? I suppose it kind of does. But then again: no one ever said writers were the sane ones.

I first heard about NaNoWriMo through Pinterest back in March 2016 when I first started my research for Finding Paradise. It’s a strange word, especially if you’ve never heard of it before. I was very intrigued by the concept but was finding it hard to wait for November, which apparently is the only month that NaNoWriMo takes place in every year. But lo and behold, patience has paid off as November is right around the corner. Time to gear up and start on a new novel!

The rules are simple: start writing a novel beginning on November 1st and try to finish at least 50,000 words by November 30th. You can plan ahead if you want: outlines, character development, research, etc., but the plot should not be written before November 1st. You don’t necessarily have to write 1,667 words each day. You can skip a few days, write more, write less, whatever it takes to get to 50,000 words by November 30th. What do you win? Bragging rights among writers. That’s about it, really. But as a writer, that’s really all you need.

So what am I going to write for NaNoWriMo? Well, I have two different novels outlined – one of which is “Novel A” that I refer to in my Confessions of a New Author series, but would need to be reworked from the beginning. The other is a concept that I’ve been toying with that pulls from a few of my personal experiences that will be the most challenging to write for me. Which one will I use for NaNoWriMo? I’m thinking the more challenging one since that’s fresh in my head. But I feel bad for leaving “Novel A” hanging since March 2016. So we’ll see.

50,000 words in 30 days. I must be crazy.

I must be a writer.

-V.P. Ortiz

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