Posted by Hannah K
I first heard about NaNoWriMo in the creative writing club at my high school, which conveniently my friend was the president — a huge motivator to go. The idea is that you write, from scratch, about 1,000 words every day for the month of November, and ideally, you walk out with a novel of about 50,000 words. The website is really handy because it comes with a word count calculator and you can keep track of your progress, as well as get inspired. (There are also similar challenges for screen plays that goes on in April, and a “camp” that goes on through July. You should check out both!)
I love writing creatively, but unless I put away an amount of time in my busy life, I never get anything written on paper. Thoughts, characters, situations in stories usually mill around in my head until I have a concrete phrasing or if I’m close enough to a writing journal I keep. So I present to you my goal:
I’m going to write a blog novel.
The word count won’t be specific, but I’m going to get my hands to keyboard once a day and hopefully I’ll have something close to a story by the end. An alteration will be made however: I will only be writing every school-weekday so I can still have time to do my homework and not get too overloaded.
One of my co-managers, Emily was similarly inspired by NaNoWriMo. You can keep track of her story here at Commas and Ampersands. A hashtag you can keep track of will appear as my first part gets written on Tuesday. Wish me luck!