Welcome to the first week of October, Wrimos!
As many of you know this is the time of year where many of us begin to hope for fall weather changes, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween decorations, and how much candy we can consume before we feel sick. Of course, if you are familiar with National Novel Writing Month then there is one other thing you begin to do this month…
You stress out because NaNoWriMo is coming!
If you are like me then October hits you like a ton of bricks every single year. You start to sweat profusely, panic about the lack of ideas or the abundance of ideas that you have in your head, swear a little if you’re so inclined, and wonder how this year you will silence your inner editor who has been ripping apart all of your more recent work over the last few months.
Want to know a little secret, though?
You have time.
Believe it or not, you have time to get your writerly mess of a life together and ready to go on November 1st. There are 31 days in October before we hit midnight and we are off writing as if our lives depended on it. If you are a pantser you know the drill: Ignore every little inkling of your brain telling you that you aren’t ready to write something you don’t know anything about, and just hit the pavement when the clock strikes midnight.
If you are a planner, it’s simple: Give yourself just enough time (Chris Baty suggests a week) to plan what needs to be put on paper, and let your imagination and determination do the rest.
The point of NaNoWriMo isn’t to make the next bestselling book, after all. The point is simply to write; to get your ideas on paper as quickly as possible and to get out of your comfort zone a little. So banish that inner editor of yours, and while you’re at it tell it to take the stress with it. October is full of promise and full of ideas just ripe for the picking. So take one, and mold that idea into something that – come November – you will be ready and excited to write! I know this year will be amazing, and I cannot wait to see what November has in store for all of us.
This is Brooke Wheeler, over and out! Write on, Wrimos!