November 2, 2009

NaNoWriMo Time!

I can hear it now, the steady tapping of the keyboards as new authors frantically crash through Halloween to take November and the National Novel Writing Month by storm. Already I’ve seen friends and family alike posting on their blogs their current word counts and goals. While a lot of them have a stated goal of 50,000 words, a few were wise to the ways of the author and have set a word count goal of “when the book is finished”.

While seemingly like an open-ended goal, it’s far closer to reality when dealing with a book. I know many who simply stare at the screen, wondering if there is anything else they need to put into their book. I know, because I am one of those people. I always want to second-guess and say “What else can I do?”, not realizing that the book is well and truly done.

So remember, while participating this month in NaNoWriMo, 50,000 is a lot of words. Stay focused. You can do it.

And then afterwords, if the book isn’t finished, there’s Not-NaNoWriMo, aka the month of December. The time to clean up said novel, finish it, and reread through it once more to see if there is anything else you can fix in the book.

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About Jason Cordova

Born in Orange, California, author Jason Cordova has written books ranging from the fantastical realms of fantasy to the militaristic side of science fiction. His latest should be out soon. Really. You should probably buy it. Check Amazon. Demand it at your local store. Pay for his kitten kibble.

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