It’s funny, because leading up to November, I was going to write a blog post about why I wouldn’t be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, but a crazy thing happened last Tuesday… Someone actually knew what NaNoWriMo was, which has never happened to me. I participated 2009-2011, and I never ran into anyone that I didn’t have to explain the concept to.
This year I decided to start working at our university newspaper as a copy editor, something I always wanted to do throughout high school, but our high school paper was pretty nonexistent. In fact, the writing community was pretty nonexistent (or they were somewhere in hiding).
I’ve been working at the newspaper here for about a month, and coming into the office on Tuesday, I still wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but something occurred to me as I sat there, listening to this girl rave about National Novel Writing Month like I used to, and I realized that I was surrounded by people who could connect with me. People that understood why I was there, and I felt good. It was the first time that I had really identified myself as a writer to anyone that didn’t know me personally. I wasn’t embarrassed or afraid to share that.
Everything seemed to be falling together. Throughout my three year stint in this crazy, hectic thing we call NaNoWriMo, I always wished I had a writing group, and guess what? Now I do, which is so much more motivating and empowering.
National Novel Writing Month is a program where in the 30 days of November, you attempt to write a 50,000 word book. It can be anything you like – fantasy, romance, fan fiction, or YA. Even a combination of short stories. I’ve never been able to finish before, but I have come to terms with that. Finishing 50,000 words isn’t my goal this year. I just want to write. Between blogging, homework, and my social life, my story writing days have come to an end, but I figure this is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things.
I won’t be frantically typing away meaningless words every day just for numbers. I’ll be slowly, thoughtfully crafting my story, and I’ll finally be able to do it with the support and encouragement I’ve always wanted.
Has anyone else ever attempted NaNoWriMo? How’d your month of chaos turn out?