Which has different associations for everyone. You’ve got Halloween, pumpkins, Autumn, apples, and colors, to name a few.
But for many, October is a countdown. A month of thinking, planning, considering, anticipating.
Katie, what are you talking about?
National Novel Writing Month, of course!
I can hear people rolling their eyes at me right now.
So, yes. I would like to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have an idea for a story that I think is great. I would like to actually try to write a whole novel in a month
and if I actually got to 50K, that’d be great, thanks.
A couple of things absolutely have to happen before November, though.
- I absolutely must finish this draft of LASER. This is one of those things I’m going to be very firm about. If I don’t finish this draft, I don’t get to NaNo. Period.
- I have to finish knitting a couple of bunnies. (I knit bunny-blanket things for babies, by the way.) Two darling babies were born in September and they do not have bunnies, yet. This is unacceptable.
- I have to get my sleep schedule straightened out. I know NaNoWriMo is a marathon of tears and headaches and caffeine. But I don’t want any of that to be because of sleep deprivation. If I’m going to cry and get headaches, I want it to be because of the story I’m writing (which… I really don’t want tears and headache from writing, either, but better writing than lack of sleep, right?)
So why do NaNo, Katie? Why are you doing it and why should we do it?
To answer the first question, NaNoWriMo literally changed my life. My first year (2011), I met a friend who, through her blog, I found other blogs. Through those blogs, I met people who are my friends to this day, some of them quite close. I became a better writer. I’ve had my stuff critiqued by my friends and I’ve critiqued theirs. I got a blog (that’s right, reader-peeps, I would not be blogging now without NaNo ’11).
This is my fourth year doing NaNo. I’m doing it out of nostalgia (and a bit of peer pressure that doesn’t actually exist– everyone else is doing it.)
To answer the second question, NaNo has the ability to teach you a lot. It can show you what awesomeness you are capable of. It gives you the challenge of writing an entire novel in a month. It gives you the chance to become part of a community, a family of writers.
So! Who’s doing NaNo this year? Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Have fun preparing and planning and I’ll see you next month!
UPDATED TO ADD: I JUST REALIZED THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY MY FIFTH YEAR OF NANO. AND…WOW. I’M FREAKING EXCITED.
(okay, carry on with your lives)