The name of the day is NaNoWriMo.
This November I will be participating in my 4th NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, an online challenge to write 50,000 words towards a new novel (rather than continuing a project).
Many people take NaNoWriMo as a word challenge, and write outlandish stories in their quest to conquer their daily/weekly/monthly word-count goal. Others take it as a first draft challenge, and try to write to plot and/or character. I’m in the later camp.
While I’m certainly not a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of her pants), I’m not entirely a plotter either. I know a few characters (all well-named), and I know some planned events, but the story mostly takes shape in the writing.
Really, NaNoWriMo is anything you make it. Rebellion is afoot amongst writers who chose to write memoir, finish a previously begun novel, write a series of short stories, or pound out that How To book they have a brilliant idea for.
The challenge is to write, to commit to your writing, to get out the story of your heart. I dare you to take the challenge yourself. Starting at midnight tomorrow with the very beginning of November, write your heart out. Put your words into the world and onto the page. I promise you’ll be glad you did.