The month to write a novel in 30 days is here and I'm just over 36K words.
NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, encourages authors and writers to focus on getting at least 50K words in.
I've attempted this yearly challenge a few times now, usually either forgetting or making excuses not to find time, but this year, a girlfriend has joined with me and we now hold each other accountable.
Entering our word count does help, with any "buddies" you add, you'll be able to see on your dashboard. Congratulate in messages, ask questions, etc.
But Rachel and I decided to meet once a week at a café, taking at least a couple hours to get in words and focus only on our stories. And caffeine.
I wish we could meet more than once a week, but we both have our regular lives and live about a half hour apart, and she has two little ones to put to bed.
But thanks to these weekly meets, it gets my wheels turning and I find myself picking up my laptop to continue where I left off or start a new chapter. Bouncing ideas off of one another gets the creative juices flowing, and really got me out of slumps or break through blocks... two things I would have used to not finish my 50K.
This is a free event, simply sign up and decide your word count goal! Grab a friend to help with accountability, or ask them to sign up with you and plan virtual dates. Or, add me as a buddie!
You can find my profile here.
We've enjoyed warm drinks at Bistro Sapin in Knowlton and Café 1792 in Bromont... where to next?