NaNoWriMo aka That Mad November Thing

So November is almost upon us, and for some crazy writer, including myself and Ange, that means writing. Lots of writing. So much writing that you can see the smoke rising from our burning fingers as they fly across the keyboard.

National Novel Writing Month.

The aim is simple: write 50,000 words in a month. The concept is fantastic: write so much that you don’t have time to think about it, all you have time to do is create.

I love it for that reason alone. There is no editing during NaNo, no deleting of words or rethinking of sentences. All there is, is creation. And it’s fantastic. Letting go of worries over editing and marketing is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing.

So what do you need to do if you want to have a go?

Simple, go here: http://nanowrimo.org/ sign up, and start writing.

What are the advantages?

There are many. Here are a couple:

For a start, if you’ve been lacking in your writing attempts recently, then it’s a great way to kick your up the backside and set you on the right path.

Secondly there’s the whole meeting new people thing. Which isn’t as scary as that might sound to some. We host write ins, you see, where a group of people get together, take up the corner of a coffee shop, eat them out of scones (we did that last year), and write. Most places are happy enough to let us get on with it, including plugging in our laptops. Of course, it’s polite to ask first before waltzing in and taking over, but so long as money is changing hands and beverages are being bought, most coffee shops, cafes, pubs ect., are happy for the extra business. And we’re a quiet bunch, sat around tapping away at our keyboards, calling out the occasional request for a dictionary, thesaurus, a power point, or more tea. Also, by the end of it, you generally walk away with a few more friends who think the same way as you do.

And thirdly, there is a certain sense of pride in finishing the 50,000 words. There’s also a certain sense of pride at having tried, too, so no need to worry if you don’t make it to the end. It’s harder than it might appear, especially if you have work, school, children, family, or a need to actually sleep before December.

Will you join in?

If you’ve decided to give it a go, check back every week for a new post on NaNo, from motivational tips, crazy things to do in your novel, to surviving those last few days when you’re 10,000 words behind and find yourself on the verge of a cold.

In the meantime, click the link above and give it a go.

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