Friday, November 2, 2012

Three Words a Minute = One Novel

Here we are in November already.  As I mentioned in my last post, November 1st was National Author's Day.  Did you hug your favorite author?  

Besides being a time when you  prepare your Christmas lists while you're deciding what to buy for Thanksgiving dinner, November is also NaNoWriMo, or, National Novel Writing Month.  The object, for those of you who have ever thought about writing a novel, is to start on November 1st and write a fifty thousand page novel by 11:59 pm on November 30.  Okay, I realize we're already a day late getting started so you'd better write in double time today!

And here's a blatant plug for my book, Twelve Steps to Becoming an Author.  If you are interested in writing, this book will help you all along the way from start to finish, and even after you write THE END.  Because, once you write THE END, your work is just beginning, that of marketing your book. 

Fifty thousand words in a month comes out to 1,667 words a day.  Or, 208 words an hour.  Or, 3 words a minute.  ANYBODY can write 3 words a minute.  Right?

So if you have an idea that's been niggling in the back of your mind for a few years, give it a whirl! And don't worry about editing and perfection at this stage of the game.  For this month, just get everything out of your head and on paper, or on the screen.  Next month, between wrapping presents and making cookies, you can fine tune your story.  

The main thing is, HAVE FUN!

Today's Quote: There are more experiences in life than you’d think for which there are no words.
Anita Shreve 

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