The most difficult part about a writing career is the necessity of actually applying your rear end to a chair, putting your fingers on the keyboard, and doing the deed of creating sentences from scratch working with a mere 26 letters. While it sounds ever so cool and nifty to claim you’re a writer, unless you actually produce something to support the statement, you’re really nothing but a bald-faced liar. Luckily for you, writer wannabe, the month of November is here and we all know what that means â€“ no, not death by tryptophan, though that might come into play at some point.
What we’re talking about is that vaunted event known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, for those obsessed with acronyms. Currently enjoying it’s 12th year of existence, the goal of this literary event is for all interested writers to scribble their hearts out for 30 solid days with the ultimate target of completing an entire novel (at least 50,000 words) by the end of November.
If you think this sounds like a ginormous undertaking, you would be right. 50,000 words in 30 days adds up to about 1,700 per day, writing every day of the month. The point of all this is not to wear your fingers down to little nubbins so you qualify for Social Security disability; instead it’s a method of madness designed to get wannabe writers to stop talking about writing and actually doing the deed. Writers, or those who wish to be one, seem to often be their own worst enemy what with all the fretting and tweaking each sentence to dazzling perfection. At that rate, your writing career should kick into gear with the publication of your first book sometime around the turn of the next century.
NaNoWriMo encourages writers to toss off the crippling belief that every bit of written product must be perfect from the beginning. You can’t like think like that and finish NaNoWriMo. One month is too short a time to do anything but charge full speed ahead ripping words from your brain and spilling them into a word processing program as fast as you can. Worry about editing when the calendar turns to December. Until then, write with reckless abandon and see what happens. Who knows? Maybe this is the inciting incident your writing career has been waiting for.
The event began yesterday but there’s still time to visit www.NaNoWriMo.org right now and become an official participant. If you’ve got an idea for a book that you’ve never written, the time has never been better.
The Speaking of Wealth Team
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