And why I’m breaking the rules
This year, as with every year since 1999, thousands of writers around the world will take on the challenge to write 50000 words in November. I defy anyone that writes, to not know this.
The thing is that Nano can set you up to fail if you don’t approach it right.
I’ll be honest, I have failed at Nano more times than I have succeeded-
So, this year, I’m doing things differently.
I’m not aiming to write a fully functioning first draft of a novel in thirty days. Hell, it takes Stephen King three months to write a novel, and he is a writing genius, and prolific, to boot!
Instead, I plan to write the first 60,000 words of a novel draft.
This will not make a finished novel- not even close.
That’s the problem with Nano- it leads people (myself included) to believe that a novel finishes at 50000 words, when that simply isn’t the case.
Not even a middle grade novel averages 50000 words. You would need to add 5000 words to it to get an average middle grade novel.
Another issue with it is that a lot of people think that come the 30th of November, then will have a novel that’s completely ready to submit to an agent or a publisher.
This is not the case. There is so much more to writing a novel than just getting the first draft on paper- truth is, that is really where the hard work begins.
For this year’s Nano, I plan to just have fun with writing. I am just going to show up, every single day, and use this month to get my daily writing habit back on track!
Good luck, Wrimo’s!
Onwards to the 30th!
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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.