For those of you who don’t know:
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.
Repeat after me:
Na (like, Nancy) –
No (as if you’re denying a child a piece of candy. Happy Halloween!) –
Wri (more like, “write” or “rhyme”) –
Mo (like, Larry, Curly and Mo).
NaNoWriMo is a 30-day journey and challenge for writers around the world. In 30 days, writers are supposed to produce a novel at 50,000 words. Now, the purpose of this isn’t to produce a masterpiece. There’s no way you’re going to produce anything like The Lord of the Rings in 30 days. Even JRR Tolkien would start his novel over if he were ever to get stuck. With NaNoWriMo, the purpose is to reach the 50,000 word count. Quantity over quality.
You may not be used to that. You may think that you should edit your work with every few pages, every chapter, or every 1000 words.
A lot of what you’re going to write is going to be junk, but this is excellent practice and discipline to get the words flowing.
This is going to be my first year participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m currently hitting that lull where I need a little inspiration and motivation to write like I used to and I plan to use the month of November to get me going again. With all that has happened to me (or not happened, really), it’s been difficult to get back on a routine. My writer friends from college and I have always talked about sharing our writing and keeping in touch, but none of us have taken the initiative to either share our work, or discuss sharing our work. The most we do is share inspirational words to keep writing and keep our heads up in this economy. And for these words, I’m truly grateful, and I hope my friends are grateful for what I share too.
Anyway. NaNoWriMo is a good way to meet other writers in your area too. There are going to be a couple of write-ins in the Chicagoland area, where writers will meet together and write, share stories, give encouragement, and bounce off ideas. You can find out more about write-ins in your area on NaNoWriMo’s website and (I believe it’s under Forum) see where they’re meeting in your area.
I know this post isn’t too informative but covers a real basic of what National Novel Writing Month is. I recommend checking out the website and read more about it. I also recommend signing up and adding me as a writer friend.
Happy writing, friends!