(Guest blog by the incredible @AgnesBookbinder – JOIN US in our journey of novelation?)
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “But NaNoWriMo doesn’t start until next month?”
You’re not? Oh. My mistake.
But as long as I have you here …
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It is typically held in November every year, and I’ve never done it before. I’m thinking of trying it this year because I feel like it. I have a longer work I started over a year ago that I’ve been avoiding like the evening news these days (it’s so depressing …), and I’ve figured out that either a) I need to work on it or b) I need to move on. I typically write in short form, and I’ve completed and submitted quite a few of these shorter works. I’ve wanted to write something longer, but that hasn’t worked out so far –at least from the standpoint of writing it until it is done. Maybe NaNoWriMo will help?
I will not be signing up for the actual program, but I like the idea of working with other people who have the same goal. There’s something to be said for peer pressure –not of the variety where you dare each other to jump off a literal cliff, but one where you dare each other to jump off a figurative one. A novel is a bit of a pinnacle, Everest to the rolling hills of my typical blog posts and poems and short stories. To do that with other people who understand the nature of the challenge sounds like a good time all around.
So here we are in early October. I will be gathering information now to use in November. I am hoping to share what I find, as maybe it will be of some use to other people. If you have survived the process and have any tips, please do share them. I’ll likely be referencing bloggers and other writers who have already shared insight on the topic of writing during this process –there is nothing new under the sun, and I’m not going to reinvent the wheel (or mix my metaphors, apparently!).
Full disclosure: technically, you are supposed to start from zero. I’m not big on rules or formality, so I’m not. I am using that shapeless thing I started before. It’s mine, so I’m pretty sure I can do that, even if it is technically not allowed. My friend Les is also joining in and under the same circumstances. If you’d also like to do this, and feel like you need someone to give you permission, we have agreed to give you permission and you’re in good company. It’s better that a person feel like he or she can participate than not try because they’re not doing it “right” –no growth ever happens that way, so why not?
So ready …set …GO!