May 30 2015

JuNoWriMo 2015

JuNoWriMoThree years ago, I did something amazing. This year, I’ll attempt to do it again.

Many of you have heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), where you write 50,000 words in the month of November. But did you know there’s a similar challenge in June? My first attempt at writing a novel in 30 days was actually JuNoWriMo, though I’ve done it in November too, back in 2013. It was 30 crazy days of writing, throwing words on the paper without looking back.

Since then I’ve always approached the first draft of something in the same way. It really is refreshing to just write, without second-guessing your choices or stopping to edit. As they say, the first draft doesn’t have to be good; it just has to be written. Don’t think you can do it? Neither did I, but I took the chance, put my name in the hat, and came out a winner.

This year I’m not starting from scratch (which I don’t recommend; a fresh project is always easier to just throw onto the page), but instead expanding the 12,000 word first draft of Quetzalcoatl I ground out in about 2 days (phew!) of intense writing. I might not be able to keep up the ~2,000 word pace on a rewrite, but if I fall behind, I have a few other plot bunnies I can pound out to make up the difference.

So, who’s with me?

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