It’s that time of year again.
November is National Novel Writing Month. Every day of November, a certain word quota MUST be met in order to reach the goal, which is to have an actual factual novel at the end of the month.
People have different daily word counts depending on what they want to do and how long they want their final product to be. The most common goal is to end up with a novel that is 50,000 words long, which is a decent sized novel, I suppose. But that means sitting down and writing 1,776 words.
For a month.
The previous month, October, is known as Inktober. All month long, artists strive to create a piece of art every day. On social media, you get treated to a wondrous display of beautiful art or attempts at art and it’s all very positive. You get a glimpse into the creative process and dedication of friends. Inktober is colorful and joyous.
NaNoWriMo is where all your writer friends go radio silent except for vague posts like ‘not gonna make it’ and ‘send help. Or coffee.’ NaNoWriMo is a dark time for folks already prone to melancholy.
I’ve never participated before. I have a really hard time writing in a straight line. I’m one of those people who writes half a book, decides it’s garbage, goes through a harsh editing process, calls it junk, restarts the whole thing, then writes an outline, starts a third time, it burns down, and sinks into the swamp.
It’s a horrible messy process and I don’t much care for it. I’m curious to see how quick I can be if there’s ABSOLUTELY NO TIME to dither off and edit. There is only one direction to go, so don’t stop for nothing.
But let’s get real. At the end of the month, you won’t wind up with a finished product. It will be a mishmash of gibberish that you need to edit, edit, and then edit some more. Then you send it off to someone else, and then you’ll edit some more after that. But damn it, you’ll have something, and that’s more than what most people ever get. Because they never start.
That’s the beauty of NaNo. It’s a push to get started. It’s a chance to practice your writing. It’s also a chance to maybe make some new friends.
I’m going to do my best. And I’ve encountered a bunch of people who say they’re curious to try too. So if you feel like you’ve got a story in you, sign up. We can be writing buddies.
You can do it!
I can do it too!