National Novel Writing Month 2019

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The Plans:

I have so little time at a desk these days compared to when I would put in 10 hours of sitting in front of the keyboard. I used to get a lot more writing done. Now I’m lucky if I get a couple hours a week.

With that in mind, I’ll introduce you to the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is in November. I’ve done this several years now and it’s a great form of community to get your butt in gear to write every day. Typically, the goal is to reach about 75% of an ugly rough draft of a novel (50,000 words); but there is a group called the NaNoWriMo Rebels for people who are doing other metrics like poetry or scripts or editing.

I’ve blogged my whole processes in the past and talked for hours with other writer friends about on the podcast; so I won’t get into it all here unless you have questions which I’m happy to answer.

Since Erica Schultz is a champ and true friend who thinks I should keep trying to write comics, I vowed that I would work on something by the end of the year. Now it’s almost the end of the year and I have only done one pitch (rejected). November is usually my time to get my butt glued to chair to write a new rough novel draft. This year, I think it’s a perfect time to join the NaNoWriMo Rebels and work on a comic one-shot instead.

If you’re interested in joining me, here’s what you do:

Go to nanowrimo.org and register. Then upload an avatar. Create your project. Pick your local region etc.

Start finding writing buddies. Here’s my profile. They just launched a new version of the site and I find the search engine of it doesn’t work that well.

Why?

The forums there are fantastic! You can find people who know anything! I had to figure out how helicopter medics would get an unconscious character off of a cliff and there were people who knew.

Also, the main point is to bring people back to a routine of writing. A lot of people can’t do every single day. Plus, November in the US has the biggest holiday break of the year, our Thanksgiving. But it gets you committed to yourself, your buddies, even your fellow writers in your local region. It brings back the routine of writing.

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