Good luck to everyone kicking off NaNoWriMo with that easy layup of a kickoff weekend. You are at the 3,000 word mark today, right? As usual, every month is a month dedicated to writing for your humble host. I’m cruising along and over the hump on my retro-future tech noir gangland and international finance thriller. With any luck you’ll have it on your Kindle in time for Christmas.
True story, the first long form fiction that I ever completed was a terrible screenplay written as part of NaNoWriMo. Since then I’ve published nine novels, two collections of short works, sold numerous short stories to paying magazines, and still have a number of completed novels in the hands of publishers waiting for editing. It’s a great way to get started, and before long you won’t even need the motivation anymore. The cold hard cash you earn from selling your work will be motivation enough.
Once you rookies finish on November 31st, don’t stop. Keep grinding through December. You’ve proven you can do it once, now do it again.