Are you aware of NaNoWriMo 2015? I imagine that if you are not a writer then you are probably not. However, NaNoWriMo 2015 is very important to the world at large and to many, about twenty-five thousand people individually every year.
NaNoWriMo 2015 takes place in November and stands for ‘National November Writing Month’ or something very similar, but is actually open to anyone in the world. NaNoWriMo 2015 is a n organization that encourages and more importantly supports writers, especially novices, to write a book once a year during the month of November.
I know people who have written a book for NaNoWriMo 2015 every year for more than a decade, but never write one outside that month. It is a breath of fresh air to write a book a year and then return to their normal lives. Not that you need to take a month off work to write that novel.
To ‘win’ at NaNoWriMo 2015, you have to write a novel of fifty thousand words in thirty days. Now to someone who has never written a book before, that may sound frightening, but it is easier when you realise that it only means writing about seventeen hundred words a day.
If you think that that is a lot, it really isn’t.
Ten years ago, I read at the bottom of a diary page, ‘If you want to become a writer, write for ten minutes a day’.
That will sound stupid to non-writers, but I can assure you that once you are ‘in the groove’ and the advice said actually writing, not thinking about it, the time flies.
I cannot write for only ten minutes, because ten minutes turns into hours, and in hours you can write seventeen hundred words.
I personally write at the speed of about six hundred words an hour, but I know those who write much faster. Well over a thousand is achievable by those who can type. I am still a two-finger plodder after thirty-three years of learning.
So, if you would like to try your hand at writing a book, go along to the NaNoWiMo.com website and read more. It is all free.
If you see me there, say hello and we can become writing buddies!
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Podcast: NaNoWriMo 2015