Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Almost Here!!!!! National Novel Writing Month

It's the moooooooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaar! 

Okay, maybe not. Christmas outranks it as I LOVE everything about Christmas time, even the shopping (although I don't like Christmas stuff out in the stores in October, seems a crazy amount of early) but for some reason this year my excitement over NaNoWriMo seems almost on par with that of Christmas. Almost.

And I find myself singing the line from the Christmas song and almost meaning it.  Almost.

So what is this NaNoWriMo nonsense I'm blabbering about anyway? It's this crazy idea that started something like fifteen years ago with a group of friends in California who decided to stop talking about writing a novel and challenged themselves to write one in a month. 50,000 words in 30 days to be exact. A few of them actually did it.

Then they decided to share the idea, created a website, and birthed National Novel Writing Month.  I'm sure they had no clue how much their baby would grow. It's now international, although the name stayed the same because InNoWriMo just sounds silly, and each month people all over the world come together in the month of November for an exercise in creativity and to meet the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

There are local Write-In's to participate in, online forums for encouragement, and a deadline that provides the motivation some of us need to get those stories out on paper.  This is for all ages and all abilities, there's even a Young Writer's Program that my kids have enjoyed participating in for the past couple of years.  Last year we joined in as a school project. I'm not thinking we will for school this year but some of my kids still want to participate in their free time. Because it's a pretty wonderful time of the year.

This will be my 5th year participating. I have met the challenge every year but one (due to illness) and yeah, I have three rough drafts and the only one I actually typed The End on was the very first piece of complete drivel and I haven't made the time to work on them after November and I have no idea if anything will ever be suitable enough for publication and maybe I'm a hack with no talent who will never write anything worth anything and...and...and...

It doesn't matter.  The process itself is enjoyable and it stretches my mind, encourages my creativity, and, I believe, improves my abilities each year.  I love the challenge.  I love meeting with other crazy people in coffeeshops and writing madly on laptops while drinking lots of coffee. I love losing myself to characters and storyline and plot bunnies. I love the whole stinkin' thing.

Have you ever wanted to write? Is there a story bubbling up inside you, or does the idea of a challenge like this excite you? Check it out, sign up, give it a try!  (Oh, and once the Writing Buddies are up and running, feel free to add me. My username is Flyleaf.)



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