Here’s to a productive November! Yup, NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and already my nails are getting shorter with the anticipation!
Nah, that’s mostly a lie. I’m actually pretty excited about it. This will be my first ever NaNoWriMo, you see. I discovered its existence a few days before November last year, but the time just wasn’t right and I didn’t have any plans or outlines. But this year is a whole different story (though I did almost forget about it until the middle of October, but that’s a… minor detail).
If none of this is making any sense to you, you might want to go here and read up on all this NaNoWriMo business. Otherwise, if you’re lazy like me, I’ll give you the nutshell version:
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Anyone can participate, writers and non-writers alike. This year, at the time of writing, there are already over 80,000 participants. There are no real prizes per se, but you’ll have a written novel at the end of it. You don’t even have to submit your novel or let anyone read a single page of it; you simply update your word count on the NaNoWriMo website.
Why would anyone do this? I can think of a few reasons, but it’s different for everyone. For me, it’s mostly for the challenge and motivation. I’ve never written 50,000 words in a month before, but it’s a habit I’ll need to form if I ever want to be a published author. Another reason is to silence my inner editor who always wants to re-read paragraphs to make corrections. This is my chance to just write in a mad frenzied state and not have to be a perfectionist; the joys of editing come later.
The sense of community is also a pretty good reason to do it. The forums are thriving right now, with people trading tips and exchanging ideas, and even just supporting one another. Plus, there are scheduled events all over the globe; you can put some faces to names and knuckle down for a solid writing session, if that’s your thing.
Me, I’ll probably be holed up in my room, at my desk, madly trying to get the ideas out of my head and onto the screen as fast as possible. Actually, the ideas for this one have been bubbling in my head for over a year, so NaNoWriMo is somewhat of a relief. Finally, my characters can stop pestering me in my sleep 😉
If you’ve ever considered writing a novel at some point in your life, even had so much as a passing thought, NaNoWriMo is a great way to make it a reality. 50k words is the goal, but even if you don’t make it that far, you’ll still be better off for the attempt. Each word is one more than you’d have written otherwise.
If you’re participating, gimme a buzz over at the NaNo site and we can buddy up. My profile page is here.
And for those who are participating…… Good luck and have a blast!