Sunday, November 1, 2015

Not the Real NaNoWriMo

November is here again, and you know what that means. NaNoWriMo is here too. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and both frightens and excites writers by turns. I will not be participating in the official NaNoWriMo this year, but have plans to write, in some capacity, daily.

I will not be working on a novel (at least not consistently). Instead, my writing will include blogging, drafting and writing children’s books, editing said books, and perhaps working on one of the two novels I have in progress at this time.

In hopes that I am not the only writer who is working on something other than a novel this month, but still craves the support and writer to writer interaction that comes with NaNoWriMo, I have created the hashtag #nottherealnanowrimo on Twitter for the rest of us to interact and support one another in whatever our personal goals are for this month.

There are no rules, but a few guidelines:

1.       Write something—Anything: poetry, kid’s books, novels, or blog posts. It all counts. Editing also counts. The point here is progress.

2.       Be courteous. We are here for support of our fellow writers. No trolls please.

3.       Search the hashtag when you can, and respond to someone. Offer encouragement.

4.       Please keep posts G or PG-rated.

Today, I edited my finished children’s book. I tweaked some scenes a bit, and got rid of some fluff. I plan to send this book to my editor soon, and my illustrator is already hard at work on the illustrations. I would like to have it completed and self-published before Christmas, but this is the first for me, so it may not quite happen on my timetable.

What are you working on? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year, or will you join us at Not the Real NaNoWriMo?