It’s December 1st and I don’t know what to do with myself. I just finished NaNoWriMo for the second year and I’ve got all the time in the world now. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writers Month. During the month of November authors for all over the world take part in writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That breaks down to 1,667 words each day of the month. It doesn’t seem like that many words but break it down even farther. You can average 250 words per page so 1,667 words is a little over 6 pages a day. If you are participating in NaNo for the first time it can be overwhelming to think of writing that many words or pages every day. If you get behind, trying to catch up on your word count can make the best of us cry. You first think about giving up then you remember why you joined along in the first place, you are writer. Being a writer mean you will have to manage to produce a consistent amount of words on a daily basis. If you are going to make a living being a writer you will certainly need to be able to write more than 1,667 words a day. It also means you will have several projects on your plate instead of just the one you are concentrating on, dreaming about and plotting scenes for in the shower.
I feel a sense of accomplishment completing two years of NaNoWriMo. This year I realized how much my writing skills have been polished and how much I have grown as a writer. It was easier for me to complete my 50,000 words. In the words of a friend and fellow writer ‘next year you will be able to finish in two weeks instead of 30 days.’ We’ll see is she is correct. Right now the thought of participating in NaNoWriMo again next year would be like scheduling an appointment at the dentist. I know by next November I’ll be looking forward to it but right now I there is no bone in my body willing to go the distance. This doesn’t keep me from wanting to write.
A friend from high school asked me today what I write. When I told him I write Romance novels and for NaNoWriMo this year I wrote my first Western. He was willing to read the Western but wasn’t sure he would feel comfortable reading the Romances. He was afraid his manhood would be threatened. I asked him if I made him the hero of my next Romance novel if he would read it. I couldn’t believe he agreed. I have begun plotting the story already. The hero of my story will be a motorcycle riding, leather wearing fun guy. I’m not sure what his profession will be, that’s still up in the air. But I assured him he would get the girl. That’s what romances are about. Support your favorite authors. Go buy a new book and get lost in the world they have so painstakingly created for your pleasure. We writers love what we do and we want you to love it too.