If you’re a blogger who is also a fiction writer, you decided to join NaNoWriMo this year, and you often wait till the last minute to get things done, then this is the post to read to help you prepare for NaNoWriMo, even if you’re just one week away.
November is coming and, for writers, you may say this is kind of “our season.” November is NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a competition that is held online every year where all participant writers dedicate their time to writing everyday, starting November 1st to reach the goal of 50, 000 words by November 30th.
And while it has the word “Novel” in it—because that was the idea of the challenge when they started it, creating a novel in 30 days—you don’t necessarily have to write a novel.
It could be a collection of short stories, a non-fiction book of any type, or anything else; the point of this competition is that you develop the habit of writing everyday and, hopefully, also end up with a finished first draft of your project of choice by the end of the month.
“Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.”
— Austin Kleon
Reading a good book is one of my favourite things to do. But I passed with three different stages of reading love. I fell in love with reading sometime in high school. First, I loved it because it would immerse me in a whole different world. I enjoyed old-English novels and plays. I would open a book and all of a sudden I’m walking into someone’s castle in 1840. It was magical and as close as it gets to time-travel.