National November Writing Month has begun!! Now is the time to write the novel banging around in your head. There are a few reasons why November is the month to do it!
- Community- writers from the completely clueless to mega best-selling authors are writing novels this month–what better time to join our community? There are forums on the NaNoWriMo website where you can connect with other writers, discuss your fears, and ask for advice. These people may become your friends for life!
- Social- now is the time to get that Twitter account and follow the hastag! This is an amazing opportunity to follow writers along on their journey as well as meet new friends! Trust me, some of my best writer friends are the ones I met on Twitter (I’m looking at you SYTYCW 2012 Alums!) You can also follow and interact with your favorite authors on both Twitter and Facebook.
- How- this month NaNoWriMo gives you the goals and how to meet them. How many words do you need to write per day to hit your goal? Is it realistic? Can you do it? This is the month to find out!
Bottom line: you can’t get better at writing until you start. Weightlifters can’t snatch three hundred pounds on their first day at the gym. Marathon runners can’t run 26-miles on their first jog. Piano players can’t write music after five minutes at the keyboard. Writing is the same. You have to start somewhere and it takes lots of practice, mistakes, and embarrassment to get from an idea in your head to a published novel. Every time you put it off, you are delaying your journey! Stop talking yourself out of it and JUST DO IT!!