Don’t know what NaNoWriMo is? Don’t feel alone—I had never heard of it until my best friend, Alyssa, told me about it. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” which happens to be November. The point is to write a novel in one month with the help and support of fellow writing enthusiasts.
Whenever I have those close heart-to-heart chats, the kind you only share with your best friends and people who read your blog, I commonly whine about how my lifelong ambition is to be an author—but, quite frankly, I have done very little to pursue this dream aside from the first monumental step in attending the Creative Writing Institute last May.
Have a written a novel? Well, yes, if my first valiant attempt at writing a book when I was 14 counts (I’ve tried re-reading it and it makes me cringe—I was very much 14 when I wrote it, and it shows).
Fast-forward ten years and about 20 half-written pieces, and I have very little to show. I don’t know what I’m waiting for. It’s not as if I will awaken one day and miraculously have transformed into a published author. Hence, I look at NaNoWriMo as the push I need to actually getting back on track. We have two months to prepare—check back for the latest updates and checklists on getting ready and on track for NaNoWriMo.
So, how about it? Is there a novel in your future?