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Oct 23

PREPARING TO WRITE

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November means colder weather, shorter days and thousands of books being written around the world. It’s NaNoWriMo month.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, when writers everywhere gather collectively (while still sitting isolated at their own computers) in November to write 50,000 words of a book. That’s 50,000 words in one month.

There’s a motivation and encouragement in being part of this movement . We commit to pouring out 50,000 (usually horrible) words to get a story or idea out of our heads and into a computer file as quickly as we can. By the end of November, we have 50,000 words in need of rearranging. Come January 1, we are ready to spend the next 12 months revising those horrible words and turning them into something beautiful.

In 2013 I wrote 50,000 words, not of a novel, but of a non-fiction project, ending that November with a horrible first draft of my first three Bible studies in the With Faith Like Hers series. That one month’s work, took me through three years of revisions, resulting in three complete books.

This year I committed to writing the first horrible draft of the second book in my Bernie of Belleterre middle grade series.  I am now spending time thinking through my plot, theme, conflict, character development and other aspects of creating a novel. Every part, that is, except for the writing.

One of the roadblocks many writers face is that they have a vision of a wonderful book they want to write. But once they begin, they recognize the horrible writing that first drafts inevitably are. They slow down, try to write the first draft perfectly and get bogged down, sometimes to the point of never completing the project.

In NaNoWriMo we collectively acknowledge and receive permission to write a horrible draft.  The draft is expected to be horrible. It is encouraged. It is fully part of the writing process.

Beauty comes through the revision process, just like the way God revises us, making us more into His beautiful image as He takes us through the refining process.

So friend, do you have a book stuck inside your head? There are local and national NaNoWriMo communities of other writers to encourage you.  There are resources. There is motivation and accountability. Writing 50,000 words in November means writing less than 2,000 words a day—a couple of hours a day  even if you don’t type fast.

Want more information? Here’s the link.  

I’d love to hear that you’ve joined me on this journey—either as a fellow writer or in prayer for my own project or other writers in the world.

If you decide to join the fun yourself, let me know how I can encourage you.

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