I believe everyone knows about NaNoWriMo, which stays for National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based writing endeavour that happens in November. People that join will attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between 1-30 November. What people sometimes don’t realise is that you’re not obliged to write a novel; many of us do not, as a matter of fact.
As a “NaNo-Rebel”, you can write a collection of short stories, a non-fiction book, even of your PhD thesis, as I have recently suggested to one of my PhD students (which will probably accept the challenge). The good reason for doing it now is that in this month you find a lot of resources, online and in real-life groups, that make the solitary business of writing less solitary and full of incentive and resources.
Second, and most important, do sign up at NaNoWriMo’s official website (it’s free): you will be able to find writing buddies and locate which support groups and writing gathering are being organised in your city (I’m lucky: in Edinburgh, we have a vibrant scene and some excellent moderators). I’ll also suggest you get yourself Scrivener or another of writing-aiding software, no matter the kind of MS you’re going for.
For what I’m concerned, this is my fourth year in a row, and this time, I’m trying something different from the usual genre. But I’ll talk about that later, hopefully after completing it: at the Thanks-God-Is-Over party. Happy Writing!