Oh man, October plunges perilously onward, rushing headlong into November like it knows that November’s where it‘s at. What’s it, you ask? It is NANOWRIMO!!!
I know I’ve talked about this before, but I just want to mention again that I’m doing it this year and invite you all to do it with me. Why should you do it, you ask? Why put it all on the line, writing 50,000 words in the month of November? Well, I’ll tell you:
- NaNoWriMo gives you the opportunity to do something not many people can honestly say they’ve done: Write a novel. It doesn’t have to be a decent novel (my first novel, written in NaNo 2008, is pure crap), but it can legitimately be qualified as a novel.
- It’s a terrific writing exercise. You’re so pressed for time and words that you literally don’t have time to get writer’s block. You just press forward, and it’s that freedom to just write whatever comes into your head that yields the really excellent plot points. So what if an ogre rampages through your chick-lit novel? Maybe you’ve just come up with a brilliant new sub-genre!
- It’s a fabulous conversation starter. If people ask what you’ve been up to, nine times out of ten you will get an interested look if you reply that you were holed up all of November writing a novel.
- It’s fun. You record your latest word counts on the NaNo site, and you can see a little bar graph that reports your progress, and you can peek over at your writing buddies and see their progress too.
- I’m doing it, and I will make it my personal mission to cheer you on.
That said, if you decide to devote all your spare time in November to writing a novel, visit the NaNoWriMo website to create your profile and sign up for NaNoWriMo 2010! So what if you don’t finish? Nothing ventured nothing gained, yo!
After you’ve created a profile, add me to your writing buddies list! My username is ParsingNonsense, and if you add me to your buddies list, I’ll add you to mine, and we can be novel writing friends forever! You can also leave your username in the comments, and I’ll add you that way. This way, I can peek over at your progress and cheer for you!
18 days, my friends. 18 days until I open my brain, scoop out a bunch of words, and hurl them at a computer. I’m ready. Join me, will you?