November is a big deal for lots of enthusiastic creative writers out there as it is National Novel Writing Month (or #NaNoWriMo to all those that Tweet).

It is a new idea to me and I have thought - just a little - about doing it. The idea is that you sign up to doing it on the website, start thinking about your plot ideas between now and then, and then - in November - write a 50,000 word (or more) novel within the month. Following website signup (which you can link to from this page) there promises to be lots of other writers who can motivate each other through this ambitious month. The help of all those around you undertaking the same challenge and going through the same problems - and hopefully finding some useful solutions to them - must be a good motivational tool. In these days of the world wide web those around you could be absolutely anywhere and the process can no doubt lead to some good friendships developing even if some will be long distance.

It's certainly a laudable idea and I'm sure it helps a lot of writers, breaking it down into daily chunks - if you could do it every day it's only about 1666 words a day, which equates to two or three of the
usual flash fictions per day.

I'm still considering it, but currently I'm thinking that while I do want to try and write a novel -
or more likely novella - that rather than constrain myself to that month why not start now and either just 'finish when I finish' or better still aim for the end of November anyway? Even if aiming for a 50,000 word novel that would be a much more achievable 700 words a day from today. It's definitely food for thought!

(incidentally this little blog item above is 299 words, so almost half of what would be needed to write 50,000 words by the end of November...)