For quite some years there has been a contest called National Novel Writing Month or more commonly known as “NaNoWriMo”. It generally takes place in November to give those people stuck in by the rain something to do. Over the past few days I’ve been reading Laura @ QuillWielder‘s posts on Dark Globe about it.
Although last year the company behind NaNoWriMo started running a summer contest with the same rules, just a different time of year. Looking at the company behind it; Office of Letters and Light I fully agree with their cause. So many people out there including myself have wanted to write a novel. There’s nothing I’d like more than being a full time professional writer and not have to suffer the mundane life pointless jobs bring. Not only do they run these contests in June and November, they hold a script writing competition along the same lines in April and have the Young Writers Program that also runs in November, encouraging our next generation to become creative writers.
The main idea of this contest is to write a 50,000 word novel between the first and last day of the month of June/November, which if you think about it is under 1500 words a day.
Most bloggers will have heard of this competition some way or another; it started with just 21 writers in 1999 and has grown to over 200,000 people taking part as of last year.
Now Laura is an actual author knows what it takes to write a full novel, I have no doubt in my mind that she’ll come up with something pretty amazing and do The Dark Globe proud.
The more I look into this competition the more drive it gives me to actually write something more substantial than what I’ve been writing on Writing Asylum and I have too entered the competition.
I’ve never written a novel before, I’ve always doubted I have what it takes to write a novel but by jove I’m going to give it a shot. Late last year I started a blog called Twist Of Hate which was a serialized novel about a group of characters, I think about this story all the time, how I want it to end, how it can continue etc and I will start off by rewriting what I have written; then I shall finish it off and accomplish the feat of being a NaNoWriMo winner.
In a time where books can be downloaded as easy as music; this is when we should be taking full advantage of being a professional writer.
Being out of work and this competition has given me both the time and drive to accomplish this. I just hope my will power does not fail me and I impress you all with what I have written.