There is something that happens in November that makes this month very special for me, gives me a rush of adrenaline and a high like nobody’s business. I am not talking about Thanksgiving, although the endorphins released into my body after consuming turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, monkey bread and chocolate pie are also nice. I am also not speaking of Black Friday, though the rush of giving some over-powered soccer-mom the “ha, I got the last one” fake-smile while she snarls at you is also a favorite. I am speaking of Nanowrimo, or for those who are unaware: National Novel Writing Month.
The Office of Letters and Light is a non-profit organization that encourages writers to get out their inner story. I know many people that always say, “I’d like to write a book…someday…” Well, Nanowrimo is your chance. During the month of November, writers across the world sit at home, in coffee shops, at libraries and bang out 50,000 words in 30 days. Far from being something that makes you reclusive (or more reclusive in that case of some of us), there are many events that you cna join in on with other writers from your area. Nanowrimo’s website has all of this worked out for you, you just join and get started!
I participated in 2010 and succeeded. For me, this feels like a competition but it’s entirely with myself: me vs my inner editor. (Ah, the inner editor, the one that tells you that you can’t do it and tries to make you go back halfway through and fix the flaw in your magic system, when you’ve only got 30 DAYS!) The inner editor is something that needs to be silenced. When I complete my goal I get to look at her all smug-like for about 24 hours, until I realize that I do have to go back and edit before it will be something that I can share…
So this year, after a 2 year hiatus, I will be striving for that goal again. I stopped after my first year because I was in school but this year I am just going to have to become a little bit better at time management and make this happen. I love that I have one completed novel and it’s time I had another.
If you have a novel in you, itching, scratching and dying to get out, please, for the love of writing, DO IT! Best of luck to those that are participating. If you are in the Fort Worth area, maybe I will see you are one of the write-ins! Please feel free to add me as a writing buddy: suitablyconsidered