November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to write a 50,000-word (175-page) book throughout the Month of November

Although this sounds extremely ambitious, the goal is not to have a ready-to-publish manuscript. It’s more about relaxing and just focusing on output. From the NaNoWriMo about page:

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

I encourage any aspiring writers to get cracking on this project. I’m a little to busy to dig in on this right now, but this may be something I start next year…