As I haven’t yet had a chance to sift through my photos from my England trip, that post will have to wait. In the meantime, I thought I’d discuss the upcoming
doom apocalypse madness completely fun and inspiring event known as NaNoWriMo!
What is NaNoWriMo you ask (Well, that’s a little presumptuous of me. But some of you might’ve asked)? NaNoWriMo is a worldwide event, attracting over 300 000 participants, in which you have to write a novel of 50 000 words (approx 175 paperback pages) or more in just 30 days – all in the space of November.
It sounds insane, and frankly it is insane. Which is part of why I have participated and won (as in, completed) NaNoWriMo for the past three years now. What I love is that for me, and for most people I suspect, November is often one of the busiest months of the year. There should be no possible way to complete such a momentous task, yet I think it is the very pressure of this particular time of year which allows me to do it, that fills me with some kind of adrenaline for 30 straight days
and turns me into a superhero of epic proportions. Last year I pushed myself even further and went for 75 000 words (never again, though).
If you’re a writer and have never attempted this before, I urge you to try. It’s not only fun, but it helps you grow a lot as a writer – I had never finished a novel draft before I finished my first NaNoWriMo, and now I’m looking at novel number four. Sure, I haven’t published any of them yet, but each year they seem to get better and better, both in writing style and the actual story, and I have discovered a lot about my writing, such as the fact that I generally write better without planning.
If you’re not a writer, I would still encourage you to try this, because a month of indulging in one’s creativity like this is an amazing experience, and you might be more of a writer than you first thought.
Either way, check out the official website here, and let me know if you are giving it a shot so I can add you as a writing buddy on it! Also, if you are doing this and happen to live roughly around the Central Coast in Australia, let me know – we have an unofficial group that meets up during the month, and we’d like this group to grow this year so that next year it could become an official group.
Now if you’d excuse me, I have some wine to drink and some preparation for November to avoid.