Most of you probably know or have heard of NaNoWriMo, but for those of you who don’t, it stands for National Novel Writing Month.

The NaNoWriMo challenge takes place 1-30 November each year and writers sign up to write a 50,000 word novel from scratch in one month. This year, 300,000 writers from around the globe are taking part in the challenge.

The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that it’s just about word count. Writers are not supposed to go back and polish their prose, or tear apart what they’ve done and start from scratch. The whole idea of the challenge is to plunge forward and be creative, without second-guessing yourself.

I tend to be a pretty quick writer, but I’m also a serial editor, constantly going back and fiddling with my work, so I find this idea of a creative outburst of writing very appealing. No editing, no fiddling, just piling up the words day by day until you reach your goal.

So, by month’s end will you have a perfect novel ready to send out in the world? Absolutely not! But you do have a good starting point and can then start editing and reworking your outburst of creativity.

I was tempted to join the writing madness this year, but I have too many projects begging me to complete them, and I simply couldn’t justify dedicating my time to something new right now.

So, here I am on the sidelines cheering on my fellow writers to the 50,000-word finish line. I am very impressed that you’re rising to the challenge and I wish you luck on your journey to 50K. I look forward to joining you next year!