November is National Novel Writing Month! For various reasons I’m not in the game this time, but it’s a great idea: in short, to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. That’s a lofty one month word count goal that requires some serious sustained output. And that’s the point. Output is what matters in this challenge, not necessarily quality, or a coherent plot.
This is an exercise in turning off the internal editor, of taking risks, and writing from the seat of one’s pants (whatever that means). It’s the ultimate application of the principle of bad first drafts. And for some people it’s an opportunity to get out and do something they maybe never thought they would. It’s a great event to encourage writing, for seasoned writers and for first timers. National Novel Writing Month also sponsors a Young Writers Program.
Best of luck to everyone setting out to write 50,000 words this month. Novel writers, I salute you!