Friends and family help me celebrate! I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 27 with 52,634 words. Wow. The writing isn't pretty, but it gives me something to fix : )
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is every November. The concept challenges novelist and writers of any sort, to push themselves and their creativity. 50,000 words written in one month. If you're looking at writing a rough draft, it's pretty sweet.
You don't have time to plot.
You just write.
Frankly, I have a terrible time plotting out books. I spend too much time thinking and then my characters make unwise choices. NaNoWriMo gives your mind the freedom to write, to listen to your characters and let them show the direction they want to move in.
For me, my rough draft makes sense.
Like I said, my rough draft is not pretty, but I can clean it up. It's getting the book out of my head and on to the screen that's the hard part. Now that the journey is behind me, I work on the landscaping, the relationships and the roadblocks.
It's all good : )
Mark your calendars. November 2011. NaNoWriMo. Accept the challenge!