If you haven’t heard, it’s almost November.
Family gatherings, Black Friday sales, term paper deadlines…child’s play. National Novel Writing Month approaches, breathing down the neck of the headless horseman.
OK, OK, it’s not that bad. It’s exciting and fun. There are probably thousands of blogs, books and social media posts discussing the trials and triumphs of NaNoWriMo. Honestly, I wanted to be in the mosh pit too. So here goes my list of NaNo lessons:
- 1667 is NOT magic….it’s just average. The average number of words per day to meet the 50K challenge.
- 1667 is NOT the daily maximum or minimum. We are not Forrest Gump. A stadium of people won’t scream STOP if we type 1668 words….in fact it’s best if the words are flowing to let them, because some days are 67 word days.
- 67 word days are OK!!
- 50K words is a certifiable WIN….you get a certificate!! 25K words is also a win. Only zero words written is a fail.
- November 30, is NOT the stop writing date. If 50K isn’t reached by 11/30, we are allowed to write on December 1. Freaky how that works.
- if 50K IS reached, there will be some folks who don’t get what an accomplishment that is. But there are thousands who do.
- If 50K isn’t reached, the world doesn’t end. The sun comes up. I’m still here to try again this year.
- Lastly…there is always next year if, like me, you REALLY like certificates.
Creativity fuels creativity. ANY endeavor that hones our craft is worth the effort. Good luck!