I love NaNoWriMo.
In fact, I love it so much, I'm taking advantage of Camp NaNoWriMo this month to help me complete the second draft of "Broken Dreams".
For those of you who aren't familiar with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it's an event every November for writers. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days - an average of 1,667 words a day. Everyone who reaches said goal is declared a winner and receives prizes. My favorite prize from when I won in 2012 was a discount for Scrivener - only the best writing program I've found. Love it!
The rules for NaNoWriMo are fairly strict - it has to be a first draft and you can't start writing it until November first (although you can create an outline beforehand).
Camp NaNoWriMo, which happens in April and July, is more flexible. You can pick your project - novel, children's book, thesis, research paper, revision, etc. You can also decide your word count goal. If you'd like, you can join a 'cabin' and have a built-in support group to keep you motivated. I like flying solo, so I opted out. But I'm weird that way.
My second draft is about 65,000 words shy of being complete. I'm hoping to finish or be nearly done by the end of the month. Considering I've been able to use parts of my first draft to boost my daily word count, I think I may make it. Yay!
If you want to check out Camp NaNoWriMo or would like to participate, go to https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in. Even if you don't win, getting into the habit of writing daily is highly beneficial.
~ Lysandra James ~
Where are you in your current WIP (work-in-progress)?