I'm Abe Wolfgang, an Electrical Engineer, writer, Father, husband, and full-time lover of story. I blog about those stories, how they impact us as humans, and why they are important. Occasionally I write my own as well.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Incoming

NaNoWriMo 2016 Incoming

Have you ever wanted to write a book?

November is National Novel Writing Month, so it's the perfect time to do it! In a way this is where my writing hobby started. I sat down and completed NaNoWriMo (even though we had a newborn), just so that I could tell myself it was possible. I learned I could write a book, no matter how terrible, meandering, and plot-less it was. I had no idea what I was doing, learned a lot, learned some things that I didn't know that I didn't know, and all of that has brought me to where I am now. It's been a few years, but I feel like my writing and story-telling muscles are developing. There's still a ways to go, but I had to start somewhere and I point to NaNoWriMo as the start.

I think I write about this almost every year, because I think it's something fun and interesting. The idea of having written a novel, whether or not you ever do something with it, is something that I think a lot of people want to do. This event of writing 50,000 words in a month isn't just about writing fiction, it could be that memoir that you always wanted to write, or some non-fiction or inspirational book that you feel like you have inside you and never took the time to get it out.

It could be anything. The limit is your imagination.

1667 words per day gets you there by the end of November. It's not hard, but it takes dedication and structured time in your day to hit the quota. The benefit to deciding you want to try this right now as opposed to November 1st is that you have some time to plan, to plot, to outline, to do whatever you want to do before diving into the actual writing.

I'll be participating in my own way, working on the things that I have on my plate currently. I don't know right now if that means a new project (it might) or just trying to hammer out my current project. Either way I have things planned out so I should be set up for success barring anything major or life-altering happening between now and then.

I encourage you to try it out. Get that book that's living in you out into the world. You never know, it might be good! Even if you just share it with your friends via Facebook or on a blog, the world needs your words.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock

Giving Up Control

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