November is three days away. And you know what November is, right? National Novel Writing Month or nanowrimo for short. I have participated in nano for almost six years now. And each year I love it more and more. It is a crazy time that I get to let my hair down and write crazy.
Oh what is nanowrimo? For those of you who don’t know, nanowrimo is a world wide challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days (the month of November). It is an awesome time of craziness and zaniness and everything wild. Check out the official website for even more information. http://www.nanowrimo.org Join. Home to a region. And get writing.
I have found the nano usually rejuvenates my writing. I’m not sure why but probably because by this time of the year I’m getting burnt out and my commitment to sitting in my chair each day and writing is starting to wane. But nano puts me back in the chair and since I’m not writing my best work (going for the work count here), I get to experiment and play around and just be crazy. By the end of the month and my 50,000 words, I’m ready for more serious writing endeavors.
Is this for everyone? Absolutely not. I have a lot of published author friends that will not and have not ever participated. It’s just not for them. And that’s okay. I find that I need this month of zaniness to get back on track and in the groove.
So maybe it might be for you. If you’ve never tried it, give it a go. The worst that could happen is that by the end of the month you have the start of a good novel. Lots of people have even published their nano novels (of course after some work on it). Later in December, one of my nano manuscripts will come out as an e-book. Yep, part of Desperation Situations was written during nano. So it does happen.
During the month of November I will keep a running count of my words for you. Cheer me on or kick me in the tookess, but check back to see how I’m doing. Wow, the pressure is on this year.