Two years ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine, and we were talking about how we, like so many people, take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every year, but then many of those books just languish on our hard drives. Either they stopped at 50,000 words and didn’t finish the story, or the book needs editing, or it just needs that final polish and a query letter written so it can be submitted to agents and publishers. I decided we needed a month just for finishing those babies up and getting one step closer to being published, and Let’s All Finally Finish a Novel (LAFFN) was born.
The challenge was originally meant to run in January and July, but some writers have taken it on in other months that were more convenient for them or when they just really needed to get a novel finished. January is rolling around again in just a few days, so we’re gearing up to do it again. Remember, the idea here is not to write a whole novel from scratch (like NaNoWriMo), but rather, take a novel you’ve already started and commit to FINISHING it by the end of January.
This can mean one of three things:
1) Pick up a novel you’ve started writing and actually finish writing the rough draft to the conclusion of the story.
2) Take a completed rough draft and rewrite/edit it.
3) Take a prepared second draft and perfect it and polish it so it’s ready for submission, and write your query letter and synopsis (I realize it’s not the same as writing one, but some people might need this, and the whole point is to get people moving forward, right?)
If you have another measure of success, as long as it’s in some way related to getting a book published, you are welcome at LAFFN!
So… find a way to measure your successes… a goal meter, percentage of project, etc.
It’s not about things being ‘equal’ for everyone, or to be a competition. It’s about a personal goal and challenge to ourselves. It’s about finishing something you started, and for some of us, that’s really hard. It’s about taking that next step toward being a published author. As with any challenge, it will be easier and harder for different folks. YOU decide!
It’s just a few days ’til LAFFN Jan12. What’s your goal? We have a forum for it on the Accentuate Writers forum (http://accentuatewriters.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=89) so we can all cheer each other on. Please register for the forum and post to tell us what your personal challenge is.
My goal: finish the second sequel to Bubba Goes National, titled Bubba Gives Wings. I wrote 50k words of it during NaNo last year, so I probably have about 10-20k to go. That’s just 646 words per day at the most. Cake! I’ve been preparing for it for the past week by reading what I wrote last year and editing as I go so I know right where I’m at when it’s time to start writing on January 1.
Let’s Get LAFFN!