NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just 16 days from starting. Have you thought of giving it a try? Last year, 167,000 participated in the event.
I'm currently reading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo. Light and breezy, the book tells about how NaNoWriMo got started and has lots of tips and exercises to get others writing too. I'm enjoying it a lot, and I'm hoping it will kick my writing into overdrive as well.
I ran across a couple of quotes in the early portion of the book that I've got to share:
Quote #1 (inspirational and very true):
"For me, the revelation I couldn't shake was this: The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It's the lack of a deadline. Give someone an enormous task, a supportive community, and a friendly-yet-firm due date, and miracles will happen."
Quote #2 (funny and very true):
"Treating a novel like a hands-on writing classroom—where advancement relies as much on dramatic failures as it does on heroic successes—has been an amazingly liberating experience for me. And it's taught me exactly which aspects of noveling I'm good at (coffee drinking and complaining) and what my weaknesses are (dialogue, character development, plot, etc.). It's invaluable feedback, and I couldn't have gotten it any other way."
This post seems like a good opportunity to share once again the video I made with some writer friends last year in honor of everyone participating in NaNoWriMo. Hope it makes you smile.