It’s National Write A Novel Month (here in the US, anyway). What does that mean to me? Well, I’m trying to write a novel anyway, but now I have a support group for the month to help keep me on track. What does that mean to you? Well, a lot of people are writing. A really lot of people. In fact, people I never even knew were interested in writing are trying to write novels.
And that’s a good thing. Writing a novel is hard. Trust me, I write
faster than almost anyone else I know, and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, every time I do it. It is a massive investment in brainpower, willpower, time, and your emotions.
Writing a novel can change you… and that kind of change is a good thing. You learn a lot about yourself, like whether you really want to be an author or if you just like the idea. Even if you don’t finish, you learn about yourself and if you do… well, writing a novel is also addictive. You’re creating an entire world and (hopefully) getting other people to be caught up in that world.
Should the only reason you write a novel be that it is November and thus, NaNoWriMo? Absolutely not. If you buckle down and write, it should be for a host of reasons including the fact that you have a great story to tell. But it is nice to have a support group.