NaNoWriMo approacheth

So I grandly and hilariously failed at keeping this blog updated, but with NaNoWriMo once again approaching, I thought I’d better return ever so briefly from the dead aka thesis writing hell. This November, I will be participating in InTheFiSh: International Thesis Finishing Shenanigans (or you can imagine a less savoury Sh word..). The end of my PhD is very near, yet it still seems very far away. Lots of work to keep me occupied, in other words. Yet I’m still crazily considering taking part in NaNoWriMo, ever so slightly, just because it’s been such a wonderful part of my life the last 5 years, and I love it completely. Who knows, it might motivate me to finish my thesis as soon as so I can still take part (though that depends on my supervisors as well).

I’m writing this post however to motivate other people into doing NaNo. I’ve talked before about the essential tools, especially Scrivener (free trial during NaNoWriMo and 50% off if you win!) and the NaNo-community, but today I want to talk about a wonderful book called No Plot No Problem, written by Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month. A revised version has recently been released, including a small quote from me (cooool), but aside from my paltry contribution it’s just chockfull of great tips and inspiration during all of the weeks of NaNo. Part 1 is all about the preparations you can take before November starts, and then Part 2 takes you through the experience week by week. If nothing else, it lets you know you’re not alone. And that, when it comes down to it, is the beauty of writing in November, no matter how many words you manage; the feeling that you are not alone.

Regardless of what tools or essential writing foods you stock up on this November, be brave, let the words fly, and whatever you do for heaven’s sake do not edit! Good luck everyone!