N is for NaNoWriMo
What is this strange acronym, you ask? National Novel Writing Month, of course!
Each fall, scads of writers gather together in spirit and attempt to pen 50,000 words of a novel between November 1st and 30th.
It doesn't cost anything, and all you get for "winning" is the right to brag and the knowledge that yes, you can write a novel.
I love it.
I've participated three times, two of which I've actually "won", and I plan to do NaNo for the rest of my writing career.
Why is it cool?
Well, first, there's the whole shared energy thing. When millions of people across the globe focus their energy towards the same goal, amazing things happen. Communities spring up, writers make connections, and everyone gets to ride the amazing tide of word count energy.
Also, there's something profoundly liberating about writing without revision. There simply isn't TIME in NaNo to agonize over each perfect verb: you simply have to get the story down. I love this: editing, for me, takes place after a book is "complete", and NaNo reinforces my own style of fast writing followed by lengthy revisions.
Both years that I've finished NaNo, I've written something that I never knew was inside me. One of those stories was the first I ever queried (it didn't move, but I learned so much from the entire process).
Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? What sounds appealing about it? What about the whole idea scares you?
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