Hey there, writing brethren. Guess what happens a month from today? Yup. National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known affectionately as NaNoWriMo. Are you participating this year? C’mon. It’ll be insane, stupid, crazy, wtf, goofy fun.
What is NaNoWriMo?
Every year, aspiring (and perspiring) writers get hopped up on their kids stolen Halloween candy and decide that they are going to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The entire month of November.
The whole process promises to be wicked fun and foolishness.
There is a tremendous amount of competition world-wide. Cross country rivalries spring up and if you spend even a wee bit of time in the forums, you are bound to meet a writing buddy or rival. The level of support is huge across the board and you can get pep-talked through any number of means.
So, what do you get when you hit the word count of 50K? Well, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you did a really insane thing and finished, and you also have a (albeit in need of severe editing) novel.
NaNoWriMo is all about speed and quantity. If you spend valuable word creation time polishing, you will have a NoNo WriMo. You can revise and rewrite later. For the month of November, just work on getting your game on.
Now, you can’t start typing your story until November 1st, but you can certainly start building the foundation. Write outlines and character profiles to your heart’s content. Jot down story ideas and plot twists. Develop the heck out of your characters.
This year, I’m doing it. I’ve got the story idea, I’ve been working on story lines and I’m having a blast developing my cast of wacked out characters. I have the web badge and you see I have a counter in the right sidebar that will show either how prolific I am, or how much I suck. (Wayne, no hacking into my site to peg the suck-o-meter)
How about you, my gentle and loyal readers? Are you NaNoWriMo or NoGoWriMo?