Every year I decide whether I want to do NaNoWriMo.
What is NaNoWriMo you ask?
It stands for National Novel Writing Month and was begun by a writer way back when I was an undergrad student the first time.
I picked it up in 2011 the second November after my daughter's birth. From the month she was born until her second November, I hadn't written so much as a letter. Becoming a mother had changed me dramatically and I wasn't sure I wanted to commit any of those feelings or experiences to something so permanent as the written word.
That first NaNoWriMo, words poured out of me. So much of it was garbage and none of it was suitable for publication or reading. It was a purging. It was a cleansing of my artistic palate. I needed to spew some junk in order to get down into the gold nuggets I was eventually going to want to develop.
That first NaNoWriMo I attempted the story I am attempting again this year (Tell you more at a later date.) I had written the outline, fleshed out the characters, and had a great concept for the plot when the first of November came around.
Then, it flew out of me. Drivel I won't categorize. Stories I couldn't tell or I'd hurt people I made farcical to hide the pain and the original identities. Stories that others had told me made fictional to help me deal with others' stress. Short pessimistic stories that reflected my failing marriage and my impending divorce. Poems I didn't know what to do with. Songs and beats I just let flow out of my head. I had fantastical fights with fictitious beasts and glorious warrior maidens, but I didn't know what I wanted to say. I told stories not knowing how it could help but just knowing I needed to heal.
This NaNoWriMo I tackle this same project again. It's the first book in a trilogy and I cannot wait to share more details with you.
The best things about National Novel Writing Month are these: The book is done in 30 days. You can take a break at the end. It's just writing, not torture. I like writing and it's a routine and skill I need to strengthen. I can chat with other participants or review the resources on the website if I feel stuck or run into an obstacle.
The premise is this.
Every day for the month of November, we write. Whether it's for a minute or an hour, we write. The official goal is 50,000 words in 30 days which works out to 1,666.66 words per day, (to infinity). I aim for 1,667 words per day to keep it a clean number, and I hit my daily goal with 1,764 words today. I'm feeling energized and prepared to tackle this project.
It's a good thing too because in December I'm starting my other project: the art one I haven't announced officially yet. (I will when I can!)
For now I want to know about you: Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? Ever "Win" one? (Winning is when you complete November successfully with 50,000 words by midnight.) Are you participating this year or writing a project outside of the NaNo format? Let me know in the contact me form and/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll put more information about NaNoWriMo in the "News" pages so that folks who are interested can add my profile, join the website, support their fundraising, and also learn about it if they've never heard about it before.