November is “National Novel Writing Month”. Also known as NaNoWriMo, it’s a chance and a personal pledge to write a 50’000 word novel in 30 days.

Do not edit as you go. Editing is for December and beyond. Think of November as an experiment in pure output. Even if it’s hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough. It isn’t. Every book you’ve ever loved started out as a beautifully flawed first draft. In November, embrace imperfection and see where it takes you.

I’ve always wanted to do this, but I’ve also always made excuses why I couldn’t do it (“I’m in university,” he said, “I have a part-time job,” he said, “The stray cat I adopted just had four kittens and they’re adorable but literally four handfuls and it’s stressing me out beyond belief,” he said…OK that last one is legitimate).

This year, I’ve signed up. If you sign up too, get in touch!

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