2012 is my third consecutive annual attempt at writing a novel in a month. Both of my previous runs ended in a midway crisis, but I believe this will be the time that I nail those 50.000 words by the end of the month, and here’s why. Completing this crazy quest is all about mindset and determintation. Anyone can do it if they really want to. Now if you don’t really want to do it, then don’t. But if you do, know that no excuse will suffice. Ditch tumblr, facebook, friends, youtube and tv for a month and you have hours at hand right there. It’s a trade-off, and only worth what you’re willing to give up for it. I’ve broken up with facebook, reconnected with twitter and rearranged my schedule because I believe these are things that will make it a bit easier for me to reach my goal.
Now, no matter what you need to do (wreck your TV, park your car, dump your better half or stop going to classes), and no matter how good you are at doing these things, what it all comes down to is to just WRITE. Don’t go to sleep untill you’ve met your daily quota. One person you DO have to dump this month, however, is you inner editor. This is a writers exclusive trip. You’ll have the whole rest of the year to introduce what you produced to your inner editor, and the two of you will have plenty to talk about and plenty of stuff to edit then. But if you’re taking your inner editor with you on this journey, you can be pretty damn sure that there ain’t gonna be a 50K novel on your desk by the end of it. Unless you live in a cave with electricity but no internet, and type super fast, of course.
Jackson Pearce, Kristina Horner and John Green are some people that inspired me to want to try out this crazyness a few years ago, and it’s not a lie, you need to be a little crazy to attempt this, but crazy is GOOD! If you think writing a novel in a month sounds crazy, awful and a little bit fun, you should definitely check out what these awesome novelists have to say about the consept! Also, there’s this: