NaNoWriMo! AKA National Novel Writers Month. What is this strange phenomenon? What does it mean? Who thought of it?
NaNoWriMo, more affectionately known as NaNo, is an entire month devoted to writing that novel we have rolling around in our heads. It isn’t to make it perfect and ready for publishing. No, the month is for getting the story out onto paper, or computer screen, and hogtieing your inner editor so you can get 50,000 words done before the last of the month. It is, by far, a difficult task; especially if you have job demands and kids and family pulling you in all directions. To make it even more of a challenge, this is held during November.
This means you are getting that first draft, the roughest of the rough where you see it and feel the characters begging to be released to run free in the imaginations of others out there in the world. If you can pound out 50K words in 30 days or less, then you can accomplish anything. Some take this challenge farther by setting their writing goals in the 100K region. Personally, I do well to get between 50 and 60K words. Between the daily word count goals, there’s camaraderie and fun, contests and community with the local groups, and best of all, that feeling of accomplishment when you reach that goal and knowing that donations are going to help worthy causes.
The whole concept of NaNoWriMo is the brainchild of Chris Baty and a group of friends he challenge to write the first 50K novel. From then on, it blossomed from a handful of people to millions world-wide participating and pushing their limits. A lot of coffee is consumed as well as many caffeinated drinks and energy shots during those 30 days. Once his idea took flight, they started taking donations to not just help keep their servers running but to raise money and awareness for child literacy. It isn’t just about writing anymore. It is about passion and helping others.
Like an addiction, when NaNo rolls around, I feel the need to take on the challenge itself. Links to the NaNo site, plus my profile there will be provided. Excerpts of the story as it progresses will be seen here along with the word count meter. 50K words in 30 days is not easy but it can be done.
Join us at http://www.nanowrimo.org and watch the fun while writing your own novel. For my profile, just skip on over to http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/sabbathsilverclaw. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy. I don’t spam anyone but I do cheer people on.
Ideas for this year’s challenge haven’t been thought of, yet. Keep watching this page. Those ideas will appear soon!