Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NaNoWriMo Update #1

This year I've signed up for my first NaNoWriMo ever. 

What is that ridiculous and unpronounceable word, you ask?  It's an acronym for National Novel Writing Month.

The challenge?  Write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days, over the month of November.  That's 1667 words per day. 

The rules are pretty simple.  Mainly, your novel must be started on or after November 1st.  How do they know if you started early?  They don't.  It relies on the honour system. 

Crazy, but fun. 

The purpose is to encourage people to get those ideas rattling around inside their brains OUT, and down on paper (real or electronic).  To get a writing practice started, and to end up with a first draft of something substantial. 

What do you get for finishing?  An online Winner badge.  To some that may not sound like much considering the hours it takes to write a novel. But oh, yeah, did I mention, you also walk away with the first draft of a 50 000 word novel.  Even if you don't make the ultimate word goal, you've still got however many more words written at the end of the month than you did at the beginning. 

I've wanted to sign up for this ever since I first heard about it a few years ago, but I always found a reason not to.  In retrospect, it probably could have helped me get my thesis finished more quickly, but whatever.  I'm not sure what happened this year to make me take the plunge, but here I am, 6 days into the challenge and just over 10 000 words into my novel. 

And I'm loving every minute of it. 

What surprised me the most about the whole challenge is the sense of community the organizers have managed to impart upon over 300 000 participants from around the world.  I joined the local chapter online and have the option of joining other local writers at fun events and write-ins across the city.  I've been paired up with online mentors and have writing buddies that I can turn to for support, not to mention the forums where I can post a question and receive suggestions from a pool of thousands. 

I'm building relationships with other writers and learning from them every day. 

Want to join me?  It's not too late!  Sign up at www.nanowrimo.org and add me to your list of writing buddies.  My username is KSperd. 

Now, it's back to writing!

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