November 1st-30th marks National Novel Writing Month (more commonly called NaNoWriMo) and its slogan is “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” Sounds glorious, doesn’t it? Participants (called Wrimos) are challenged to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in that time, submitting it for word count verification before midnight on the last day. What prize do those dogged souls achieve for their blood, sweat, and (mostly) tears? Why, the title of “Winner,” of course.
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, since I’m choosing to post about said event, that I am one of those insanely ambitious (no, just insane) people that is going to attempt the challenge this year. That means 1,667 words a day. For thirty days. Seriously, that is A LOT of writing! To be honest, I don’t even know if I’m going to make it past day one, let alone thirty days. I’m buzzing with a mixture of terror and fervor right now.
Primarily, I signed up because I started a novel about 2 years ago but didn’t make much headway. I am passionate about the central character and feel that she could power a great series. After just a few pages, however, I lost gusto for the project. I’m hoping that since this time I’ll have a hard deadline and daily goals I will be able to force myself to keep going.
NaNoWriMo is also great for people like me–compulsive editors–because you are forced to just write. I have always struggled with freewriting and just writing quickly in general, sometimes spending up to 20 minutes to craft a single sentence. When you’re trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days, however, you (should) care less about quality and more about quantity. December is supposed to be the month of editing.
I figure I’ll learn a lot about my writing and myself from this experience and if I keep at it, I’ll be a “winner” in my eyes even if the word count doesn’t meet their requirements. If you don’t hear much from me in posts here for the next month, it’s because I have spewed all my creative juices out already.