November is a very important month for authors, especially those trying to begin — or for that matter, complete — their very first novel because it’s National Novel Writing Month. Or as those who, in previous years, have found inspiration, camaraderie, and their writer’s voice fondly call it, NaNoWriMo.
Within those thirty days, these authors strive to put 50,000 words on paper. This breaks down to 1,666 words per day.
Beyond the desire to tell a story, a novelist must have the drive to sit down and write, hour after hour, day after day, month after month — and yes, year after year, weaving cohesive plots compelling characters and realistic dialogue into novels that, from the very first line, entice readers to want to read more.
The desire is one thing. The skills to do so are another. And as with all goals, practice makes perfect.
Tips help, too. The official NaNoWriMo website has plenty to offer. Authors thrive within a community. The published authors I know and respect always welcome the chance to pass forward whatever information they’ve gleaned along the way. In fact, I’ve been posting a tip every day, on my personal blog, AuthorProvocateur.com. Be it your first or fifth or fiftieth novel, if you find yourself at a dead end and can’t figure out why, remember: we’ve all been there.
And you know what? There’s always a way out.
Have you ever started a book, but for some reason never completed it? Are you writing something now, but perhaps have hit a wall? Use this as a forum. I’ve been there, so pass it by me, and maybe what I say(or others who want to chime in here) will help.