For those of you who are unaware, November is NaNoWriMo (nan-oh-wry-moh) aka National Novel Writing Month. To help celebrate this fact, writers all over the world have joined nanowrimo.org, a website that writers can join and compete to win. The thing is, if you win, you’re really only winning as a writer. Here’s the deal: writers join nanowrimo.org, and by registering, they announce to the world that they’ve accepted nanowrimo.org’s challange to write 50,000 words in one month. For the mathematically inclined, this means each writer needs to average approximately 1,667 words each day during the month of November to accomplish this goal. You win if you get 50,000+ words. If you don’t, you still have words on the page to work with. There isn’t any real prize except the fact that you love writing, you are writing, and in the end, that’s all that matters.
And if you’re curious, yes. This is the first year that I decided to do it. I’ve known about nanowrimo for years, but this is the first time I thought I’d be up to the challange. Funny, how I don’t have time really, and this is when I decide to join, but then…sometimes I feel like I work better under certain types of pressure. And with the completion of The Winslow Charade (the work-in-progress) I was going through some serious writing withdrawal. My NaNo piece this year is the sequel to The Winslow Charade, and I’m really excited about it. The working title of this piece is The Taming of Willem, and it’s about the younger brother of the main character from The Winslow Charade.
If you’re interested in reading, I’m blogging each chapter at