So NaNoWriMo starts this week!
It’s National Novel Writing Month — “30 days and nights of literary abandon”! Prospective novelists are given the challenge to write a 50,000-word book from November 1-30, and they can all find support in one another to do so.
I watched it last year on the blogs — finding it particularly intriguing when the deadline was looming and authors were starting to pull all-nighters — but this year should be especially fun with Twitter involved! I’m sure we’ll be getting much more constant updates about who’s keeping up, who’s falling hopelessly behind, and whose characters are speaking to them in the middle of the night! It’s great fun, and writers look forward to it every year.
I thought about doing it this year. I love the idea of writing a “fast first draft” — I’ve tried it twice and it works great for me — but I decided against it for two reasons:
- I have at least a million other writing-related tasks I need to finish first! Sheesh. I need to write queries, finish a synopsis, make some editing changes, finish critiquing a friend’s book, and finish writing my second book. Since I can be the queen of Don’t Finish What You’ve Started, I figured NaNoWriMo would put me back a few steps: letting me start yet ANOTHER book without finishing any of the previous ones.
- November is sort of a cherished month in our home. It doesn’t come with the List of Things to Do that October and December come with — it just feels like a nice, relaxing holiday time to me, leading up to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend, which I can’t imagine giving up to writing, frankly. And we often take the weekends to do fun things like go apple picking, and get together with friends, and get outside and enjoy our November weather, which is usually gorgeous. Plus it’s our anniversary month, and Superman and I try to travel when we can to celebrate our anniversary.
Soooo … no NaNoWriMo for me this year! But I’ll certainly be watching from the sidelines and cheering on my new writer friends from Twitter. I do envy them a little — writing a fast first draft like that is an exhilerating ride. You never know where your characters will take you or what they’ll do, and when your brain is thinking fast like that, it can get outrageously creative. (Maybe I’ll have to do my own NaNoWriMo in some boring month, like January!)
Until then, join me in watching on the blogs and on Twitter (it’s #nanowrimo hashtag, if you want to create a stream and watch all the chatter about it)!
How about you? Have you ever taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge?