Today is the first day of November, which means holiday craziness is just around the corner. So, hey, why not write a novel?
I’m not sure whose idea it was to make November National Novel Writing Month, but it is. Also known as NaNoWriMo, this is the month when thousands of writers across the globe challenge themselves to create 50,000 original words—either the first draft of a novel or the start of a novel that will be finished later.
I have to say, the idea of completing an entire book in a month (or even a draft, which is the goal) sounds daunting to me. I take longer to write, probably because I’m prone to distractions.
But that is the whole purpose of NaNoWriMo… eliminate distractions and WRITE YOUR BOOK.
I want to give a shout out to all the writers out there who are undertaking new novels this month. And I’d like to share some of my favorite sources of inspiration. After writing fiction for the past ten years, I have a ton of how-to books in my collection, but here are just a few of my favorites: