NaNoWriMo is coming!
Holy Stromboli, is it that time of year again already? Although Spooktoberfest still reigns supreme for the next few days, we are quickly approaching NoNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!
I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before, but I’m considering making a casual run at it this year since I’m currently firing on all cylinders with writing. My two biggest hurdles are a lack of time to write and a relatively slow writing process. I’m getting faster these days, but I’m still a good deal slower than the ~1,700 words per day average necessary to complete 50,000 words in one month. Since I started working on new books back in August, my average words per day has hovered somewhere between 650 – 1,500.
That’s what’s cool about NaNoWriMo though, yo: that doesn’t matter! It’s more about the attempt itself than hitting some arbitrary wordcount goal. I have found this type of motivation much more liberating and…well, motivating overall. What insane combinations of aberrant craziness will fall out of my head next month? I don’t know!
It’s exciting to push my limits and see what I can do, so I want to invite all of you writers out there to join me and see what happens. I have two novels in the first-draft phase right now, so I can bounce between those two to maintain steam. I might even be able to finish one next month since it’s pretty short. I need to update the progress bars on the homepage, actually.
(Obligatory reminder that The Things That Love Us Back is coming out Oct. 31st on Amazon, so get your spooky tales and support a starving artist at the same time!)
Anyway, after The Things That Love Us Back comes out, I will also start working on the final draft of The Higher Law, my genre-bending, new weird, epic fantasy novel. I haven’t decided whether to self-publish The Higher Law yet or try to find an agent/publisher to buy it. We shall see how it goes.
In the meantime, have an awesome Spooktoberfest 2022 and an awesome Halloween! I’ll see you all next month for NaNoWriMo!
-W. L. Prowell