It's November - so you know what that means! Yes, it's National Beard Month!
Well, ok, but it IS National Beard month too - as many of my co-workers annually remind me (I have never nor will never take that plunge but many of them do).
But it is also National Novel Writing Month, or as it is so more familiarly known, NaNoWriMo. Started just over thirteen years ago, if you've never heard about it, check out their website or the wiki page on them. - I'm still amazed at the rapid growth of the organization and participants.
The "rules" are simple - write either a complete novel of 50K words, or the first 50K words of a novel to be completed later. You can do some preparation, just a brief sketch of the main characters, or a one sentence describing the initial conflict, or a list of the main characters and their backgrounds. But actual "writing" can't start until November.
Creating an account and periodically uploading what you've written helps - especially in seeing what you've completed so far, and how your friends are doing. Or instead you could just hole up somewhere and just start writing, hit 50K way before November 30 and know that you are done. But in doing do - you lose out on the best aspects of NaNoWriMo - the community.
Just like here - they encourage, they cajole, they share their experience (and current word count), etc. And sharing here is always a good thing, We'll likewise help out any one taking the plunge with encouragement being abut to bounce story ideas off of, etc.
The one thing that I've suggested in the past - do NOT think about editing, or an editor. Or looking back for more than to remember a quick detail. Just - sit and see where your fingers take you for that day. And - a week in, don't start despair of "On, I'm 500 words per day behind my schedule - I must push myself more."
This is especially true of those what are just thinking about starting Now - this starts TODAY.
Oh noes?!? I can't do it... I haven't prepared... I'm already behind...
<COUGH> Um, Bull pucky! You CAN do it if you want to. To prepare, take 20 minutes, think of three quick plots and run with one (who knows, the other two may weave themselves in on their own). As to being behind - You'll have times where you are 5K ahead or behind. It all depends. I know writers who all of a sudden get into the groove and four hours later come out of it, not realize how much they just created;
SO my GayAuthors.org community - will you take the NaNoWriMo challenge? Let us know in the comments, especially if you have done it before and what your experience was.