blood suckers or kangaroos sitting on the doorstep. No warnings about pesticide poisoning and two-headed fish. Though my main passion is the environment, particularly the one I live in, I do also have other passions and writing is one of them.
I am fortunate to have had three books published, two marketing books put out by Simon & Schuster and long since out of print, and a wildlife manual that I self-published so carers could obtain it for free. I used to write a column for a business magazine and still write articles, particularly for Powder Room Graffiti as well as this blog. However I am yet to write a novel.
I fiddle and diddle and have a couple started, but they just don't develop. There are so many things to be done in life that it simply doesn't happen, and yet, this is something I would very much like to do. Last year I was introduced to a concept know as NaNoWrMo - National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November each year and the challenge is to write 50,000 words over the 30 days of November.
Yes, I admit, when you first read that, it sounds a little crazy - but is it? You join thousands of others in the attempt and the deadline drives you on. I don't know about you, but I need deadlines. Last year a friend of mine did it, and successfully managed the 50,000 words and was thrilled with the result, and so this year I am taking it on.
It's not about quality, it's about quantity. Put that stuff in your head on paper. Once it's out, you can then spend the editing time to shape it up, but imagine, in just over a months time, you could be sitting there with 50,000 words written. The essence of your first novel, (or second, or third...). That's about 175pages. Are you ever going to manage to do this any other way?
You potentially have a million questions so here's the link to the explanation of NaNoWrMo, how it works, how you can register, how you protect your work etc. Please let me know if you are joining in so we can motivate each other as the month progresses. Come on, join me, it will be great!