National Novel Writing Month

NANOWRIMONational Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, has started on November 1st. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Writers turn off the inner editor and put other projects on hold to be able to meet the word count by the ending date of 11:59 PM on November 30th. The novel is a rough draft and then months, and often years afterwards, the editing goes on and on.

I’ve participated since 2005. The last couple of years I didn’t make it to 50,000 words but previous years, I did.  Some of the rough draft novels I completed in NaNoWriMo, are Eva in the Haight, Hada’s Fog, Lilli, and Norman in the Painting.

The link is below, give it a whirl, and if you have joined this year, good luck.

http://www.nanowrimo.org

National Novel Writing Month

My NaNoWriMo project this year is not a novel. It’s an anthology called A Class of Muses, and my ID on nanowrimo.org is JMK. I’ve written first drafts of four novels during past Novembers. My third novel, Hada’s Fog, is in its sixth and final draft.

Monday and Tuesday writing class members have submitted stories, poems, essays, blogs, and a group tag story to A Class of Muses. Writing tips will be included and some art work too.

The book probably won’t be 50,000 words, but I will use the time it takes me to write around 2000 words a day to organize the many files into a first draft. I’d like to publish it before the San Francisco Writers Conference in February.