Monday, October 22, 2007

If not now, when?

Many of you would like to write a book. In fact, most people who say they'd like to write, even if they study journalism, say they'd like to eventually write a book.

So where do you start?

Of course you need an idea, but then what? I suggest jumping in to NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month] in November. Once a year people try to write a 50,000 word novel during NaNo.

It may seem like a huge undertaking, and it is, but anytime you set out to write a book it is huge. The thing that makes NaNoWriMo so special is you have the support and comradery to help push you forward. You have accountability to others and you have a date certain.

This is my second year of NaNo. I'm going to be accountable to all of you by posting my progress up on my blog. I'll update it a couple of times a week starting on November 1st.

You can sign up for NaNo at

And if you are either going to try it this month or have before leave a comment. Let us know how you are doing and stop back on Fridays-Sundays for my ALL NANO blog starting November 1st.

This will be a time for all of you to brag, build community, and talk about what you're writing. I hope to see you there.


Peggy Blann Phifer said...

aHey, Tiff, I'm doing NaNo this year. I did it last year, too, and actually made it to the finish line! 50,105 words, to be exact, and I have the certificate to prove it. ::smile::

That's a good idea to install a word-o-meter on your blog. I just might be a copy-cat and do the same.

Rita said...

This year will be my third NaNo. In 2005, I decided on October 31 that I would participate. Without any planning, that book has some interesting qualities but needs much work. Last year, I spent more than an hour planning and getting an idea of where the story would go over the course of 50k words. That second book is much better and was much easier to write. I'm excited to see what flows this year.

Kathy Harris said...

I'm excited about doing NaNo for the second year. It's a great way to turn off your "inner editor." Plus, you never know who you will meet through NaNo. I met Peg, Rita and Tiff (and several other dear friends) through NaNo last year.

Your Coach for the Journey, Tiffany said...

Thanks for coming over guys. Who else is brave enough to admit publicly that they're going to Naner???