Yes… this post is late. Very late considering the fact that I wrote it towards the beginning of the week. Why is it so late? I have been distracted, very distracted. And I hurt one of my hands. I can still type (thank goodness), but it really threw a wrench in my wednesday. Wednesday was two days ago? Wait, how did that happen? Time really does seem to be flying by.
Without any farther ado…
November is next month… Yes, the craziness shall begin.
Purple hippopotamuses. An insane amount of tea and hot chocolate. Plot lines that refuses to behave. Stories left in the drawer marked for revisions without being touched for
at least a month.
What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Yes, that thing. The one where multitudes of people from all over the world get together and attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
I am one of those crazy people.
In fact, NaNoWriMo can be partially blamed for the fact that I have finished four novels. I probably would not have written a single novel by this point if my parents had not pulled me into NaNoWriMo in 2013. At first, I thought the whole idea of 50,000 words in 30 days seemed crazy. Of course it was crazy. Then again, it is only 1,667 words per a day.
It was the last week of October, I had never written consistently, I had never finished a story, and I had only written a few hundred words in a day. It felt unrealistic. The things is, it was not. I ended up writing 51,000 words in the thirty days offered, and I was completely hooked.
That is why I am doing it again this year.
Some bullet points about why I am attempting NaNoWriMo yet again (aka. Why you might want to attempt the craziness too):
- It is a challenge (who does not love a challenge?).
- The community of Wrimos is awesome. Beyond awesome.
- If you can write 50,000 words in 30 days without immediately deleting it, then there are a lot of things that you can do.
- It is always nice to have a partner in crime; why not have a crazy writing partner? Or a whole group of crazy writing partners.
- The creators of NaNoWriMo have come up with a brilliant series of graphs which make it surprisingly
easysimple to make sure you on par with your wordcount goal.
There are more, many more. But I am going to go on to a different question: Why would someone want to do NaNoWriMo (the short answer)? Why not?
NaNoWriMo does not work for everyone, but it is great for some people. It is one of those things to try. Stock up on your chocolate and beverages, sit down in a chair or on your bed, screw your face up at the blank page, and do your best to write. And write. And write. And… well, you get the idea.
What do you need for NaNoWriMo?
- A good friend or partner in crime (it could be someone of your own imagination, I will not tell).
- A document or notebook to work on the story of your choice.
- More determination, and a comfortable set of clothes.
- A dash of craziness.
Dump it all in a pot
or cauldron of your choice and stir well. Make sure to add a bit more persistence, and keep the rotten squash like doubt and the-rattling-word-impossible out of the pot. They will not serve you. Trust me.
There are countless things that can be added (chocolate, tea, coffee, a plot outline ect.), but the most important things are your creativity and your mind (well, I suppose the mind part could be optional).
As someone so eloquently put it (please forgive the fact that I do not know who) ‘this is what everyone doing NaNoWriMo in November is going to look like':
Just, for the sake of something called sanity, please refrain from typing the same phrase over and over again. No one needs a repeat of that.