NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins on November 1. What is NaNoWriMo? Basically, it’s writing a 50,000 word novel in exactly 30 days. Basically, it’s crazy. And I think I might give it a try.
Why on Earth would anyone want to do this? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve read a lot of novels and found yourself wondering, “How in the world did this ever make it into print?” You think to yourself, “I can write better than that.” Then you smugly go about your life, resting in the knowledge you could write a novel. If you felt like it. If you had the time. If you knew the right people. If…
Well, this is an excellent opportunity to write that novel we all know we’re capable of writing. Expectations are already a little low. Come on, 50,000 words in 30 days? You know that a lot of what your writing will be garbage, filled with unnecessary adverbs and long philosophical passages that seem brilliant when you’re churning them out at 2 am but are ridiculously cliché and downright dumb when you read them after a good night’s sleep. But I think that’s part of the fun. Who knows? You might find a new direction in the meanderings of your mind that you can actually use later. When November 30 is over and you start the excruciating process of rewrites and vicious edits.
This is directly from the NaNoWriMo website:
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
Sounds good to me.
The best part about the whole thing is that you’re a “winner” if you accomplish the 50,000 words in 30 days and you get a PDF certificate and a nifty badge for your blog. Normally, I’m not a “you participate you get a trophy” kind of gal, but if you accomplish this, you are definitely a winner.
I know one person who participates in NaNoWriMo. Rebekah Loper, Writer, is where I first heard of NaNoWriMo and instantly thought of “Nanu, Nanu” from Mork and Mindy (which I now say in my head every time I see the word NaNoWriMo.) I hope she can give me some advice before I start this thing. I’d like to know what I’m getting myself into.
So, what about you? Do you think you could do it? Do you want to join me and the 200,000 other crazy people who think they can pull this off? I’d love to do this with someone. It might be fun.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks they can write a novel but has always been too scared to try. This is the perfect opportunity to do so and probably the most stress-free way to do it. So what if it stinks? You only had 30 days to do it. Maybe, just maybe, it will be good. Really good. Potentially good. Kind of good. Whatever. What have you got to lose?