Before you ask, no, I don’t have a publisher or an agent offering me an advance or anything cool like that… this news isn’t that exciting! But, for the first time in three years, I am finally participating in #NaNoWriMo.
Every year on November 1st, #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) participants open a new Word doc and start writing. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30th – that’s approx. 1,667 words per day, which is no small task, if I do say so myself.
I have wanted to participant in this writing challenge since at least 2010. For the last two November’s, however, I was busy writing papers for 2-3 classes in school. But 2012 has been a year of big changes for me and, since I’m now living in a city where I don’t have many friends, it seems like the perfect time to hole myself up and write, write, write.
Unfortunately, I’m already behind – only by 950 words, but that’s 950 words I’ll need to tack onto another day. Still, I am confident I will be able to write all 50,000 words, no matter how crappy the last few thousand may be. (And Annabelle says there will be many crappy words in my first draft!)
To help stay focused on my blog while I’m doing this, I’ve written out an editorial calendar for the entire month of November. This month, you can expect a number of posts will relate back to Financial Literacy Month (which is this month!). I am also planning on posting at least one vlog.
I feel lucky to be among great company this year, as a few other personal finance bloggers are also participating in #NaNoWriMo. We’re now chatting daily in a Facebook Group, while sharing updates and tips along the way. If I don’t write all 50,000 words, I’ll be cheering on all the other bloggers who are trying.
If you’ve done #NaNoWriMo before, did you win? And can you share any survival tips for the rest of us?