I’ve recently become quite fond of being unreasonably busy; I periodically wonder if I’m losing my mind but, honestly, that’s fine by me. Madness in life (or busyness I suppose, more than madness) can be oddly grounding. NaNoWriMo, on the other hand, is a whole different kettle of fish: NaNoWriMo might be a step too far.
For those of you that haven’t heard of it or are unsure of the ins and outs, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a month long writing event for anyone mad enough to sign up. It is, essentially, a public self-challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days (That’s around 1,666 a day on average!)
There’s a whole, huge, lovely community surrounding the anticipated month in question, many of whom participate EVERY SINGLE YEAR. It’s fabulous fun, brings people together and motivates thousands to kick-start their writing habits. Unfortunately it’s not looked on as positively by everyone. Sometimes the argument of “NaNo is not real writing” surfaces and, without going on a huge rant about why that’s not true, I will say that I find that argument to be severely flawed and vehemently cynical. Not only have notable and popular novels started their journeys as NaNoWriMo projects (The Night Circus, Water for Elephants, Fangirl) but it’s also not entirely about the finished product.
NaNoWriMo throws you into a routine of discipline and focus and helps writers get themselves set up with a first draft. No one expects to come out at the end with a fully rounded, edited, finished manuscript but what you do come out with is confidence in your wordcount ability and a sense of accomplishment. It’s entirely your own too; you may want to write 4,200 haiku or something, that’s completely fine too, the page is your oyster!
I’m not a fast writer, I write v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, It’s honestly a wonder that I get anything up on this blog at all. But my point here is that I am not confident that I will win my NaNo challenge, but I’m totally okay with that. For me it’s trying a new writing process and putting some pillars of discipline in place for the months that follow. I freaked out when I signed up and really thought about the gravity of that decision. Exibit A:
— Bat 🦇 (@Tackfiction) September 26, 2017
BUUUT, now I’ve come to terms with it and I’m ready to give it a go because, really, I think that’s what it’s all about.
Have you ever participated? Are you going to this year?
You can find out more details and sign up on the NaNoWriMo Website! and if you do happen to get involved and need so company, add me as a buddy! (@Tackfiction) I love having people to talk to about my bookish adventures!