It's almost time for the 12th annual NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. If you're not familiar with it, NaNoWriMo, which started out small in 1999 and has since grown to nearly 200,000 participants last year, is the time when writers, from newbys to professionals, set out to write a full, 50,000 novel in 30 days.
NaNoWriMo, starts, naturally, on November 1st, Tuesday, and ends November 30th. The goal is to complete a novel, but of course no one expects it to be a polished piece of work. A rough draft is what most people aim for. In this case, it's quantity, not quality, that counts.
What are the benefits of joining NaNoWriMo? Well, you become part of something bigger; you can sign up at the official website, www.nanowrimo.org, create a username and password, and share your progress and experience with others. It's a good way to smash through writer's block, because you're focused on speed rather than perfection, and there's no better cure for writer's block than writing! It helps reinforce writing as a daily habit. And there's just something about writing with abandon that gets the creative juices flowing; you might very well end up with something unexpectedly wonderful.
I've joined NaNoWriMo a couple of times in the past, but never met the 50,000-word goal. I'm going to join again this year. I may be crazy, but I want to give it another try.
So take a look at the website; again that's www.nanowrimo.org. Let us know if you're going to join the event this year. I will post my progress, good or bad.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage - as long as you edit brilliantly." C. J. Cherryh
A Bit of Promotion:
Sunday, November 20th, is the date for Arts on Grand's annual Holiday Book Fair. Many area authors will be there, including Roger Stoner, of Peterson, with his new book, Horse Woman's Child. This is an excellent opportunity to support the arts, and to pick up a few Christmas gifts at the same time!