‘Tis the Season

It’s hard to believe that this morning I tore the page off the calendar as we moved to the first day of October (okay, I realize the phrase “tore the page off the calendar” may say more about my age than I’d like). Didn’t summer just start a few days ago?  Yet, here we are, October 1.  Leaves are falling, there’s a cool, crisp feeling in the air (at least here in New Jersey) and thoughts are turning to seasonal things like pumpkins, Halloween, raking of leaves and… NaNoWriMo.

Yes, it’s officially the season for National Novel Writing Month preparations!  Many writers spend October gearing up for a fast-paced November of writing. Whether it’s for the thrill of creating a new work of fiction in a short amount of time, the camaraderie of participating in a writing event with a couple hundred thousand fellow writers or simply a writing challenge, NaNoWriMo presents aspiring writers with an opportunity to make writing a priority above all the other top priorities we have each day.

Whether you are planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year or not, the start of a new month, a new calendar quarter  and, essentially, a new season of the year is a good time to consider the projects you are working on and what new project(s) you might be considering in the near future.  As a “pantser”, I don’t really plan out what my writing projects will include, but I still have generally vague ideas in mind.  I’ve participated in and won NaNoWriMo every year since 2006 and am hoping to participate and win again this year.  But I understand the concept and rigor of a month of writing isn’t for everyone.  So today I am wondering who among our community is planning to participate or at least considering participating in NaNoWriMo, either on the main “adult” site or via the Young Writers Program.  Whether you are participating or not, what project(s) are you looking forward to working on over the coming months?

As always, I and everyone here at Today’s Author are happy you have made us a part of your writing journey and hope to continue supporting your creative efforts.  If there are ways we can help, please contact us, leave a comment on one of our posts or create a topic in our forums. Keep writing, everyone!


7 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season

  1. Rob, is it really that time already? For those who do NaNoWriMo, it must seem like the warm up for the trek up a steep mountain. It’s not my thing, but I wish you well as you stretch into the start.
    I didn’t mean to do it, but I’ve started a fourth book. Something that itched at the back of my brain for years until I had to start writing it. Didn’t mean to because I need to concentrate all my writing efforts on querying agents for the 3 books I’ve completed. Don’t like querying – feels like I’m standing in front of the principal’s office, pleading for leniency, even though I’ve never actually had that experience.
    I wish you well as you rev up for NaNoWriMo. I’ll be applying that energy to getting my butt in gear to write/send queries. For me, a win would be to query the 100 agents I’ve set as a goal – for each of my 3 books. Long trek up my mountain. Hope to see you at the top.

  2. Good questions, Rob. I am always amazed how many participate year after year.

  3. Love this season! Have been doing nano for several years, and it is such a shot of encouragement, good fun, community… And a nice chance to experiment with different kinds of writing and writing processes. Mostly I’m a pantser, but this year I’m trying my hand at writing a “plot treatment” for writing a totally new story version of my last year’s nano.

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