You might or might not be familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, that sees every year thousands of writers take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month.
Am I planning to write a 50,000 words novel this month? Nope. If only because the only way for me to do so would be to stop sleeping and eating. But then, I will be dead by the end of November and that doesn’t seem like a smart move to me.
Here is how I see NaNoWriMo: as an excuse to sit everyday and write about something , anything, to warm my writing muscle and see if I can do it. (Because like Rian Johnson, writing is often challenging to me) I also love the idea of officially struggling with people all around the world at the same time.
I wasn’t planning to do it, because it’s not a good time right now, but I have nice friends who are doing it and motivated me to do it anyway, and I can already see how seeing them being all pumped up about it is having a good effect on my creativity.
So I thought: why not trying to motivate you doing it along with us? (what a great idea)
NaNoWriMo starts in 35 hours as I write these lines and here is what you need to know if you want to participate:
a) It’s free
b) You just need to create an account where you can put the number of words you’ve written every day, but also see if there are meetings in your town, talk to people etc.
c) You don’t have to write a novel. You don’t need to know what you’re going to write about. You just need to write, have fun and enjoy the ride.
d) I am the only person in my town doing it so I will be online only. If you want to find me, my name is (drums) mentorless. Don’t hesitate, I’m friendly like that this month.
And that’s about it.
If you had a story in mind for months or years you always wanted to write down but never had the time to, NaNoWriMo might be your excuse to give it a shot!