Well, they say it went something like this: A group of writers were sitting around talking about the novels they wanted to write. The discussion turned toward the time that went into writing a first draft of a novel. Then they brought Ray Bradbury into the mix. It turns out ol’ Ray wrote Fahrenheit 451 in two weeks; on a pay typewriter at the UCLA Powell Library. He wrote the book so quickly so he could save money and spend more time with his family.
All of the talk about writing novels and Ray Bradbury brought about an idea. The idea of National Novel Writing Month. To just sit down and write that novel in 30 days, to put it more clearly, write 50,000 words in 30 days. The month of November was chosen as the National Novel Writing Month, or as they call it, NaNoWriMo. But November is such a busy month, you say. That was the point of picking the month. To show you that you can write amidst a busy life.
This challenge is interesting, the focus changes from writing the story to getting the words down, getting the numbers in. When you do the math, writing 50,000 words in a month becomes roughly 1667 words a day. And it can be done. I’ve attempted this four years in a row, accomplished it twice. The other two times I finished the novels, but they weren’t finished in the allotted amount of time. Still, it is a great exercise to challenge your writing.
So friends, if you would like more information, check out the NaNoWriMo website. And I challenge you to write a novel in a month.