NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) typically occurs to me in mid-November, when Twitter explodes with NaNo hashtags and writers posting about their progress. This year, I was reminded in advance thanks to Rachel’s latest post. But, this morning, as I’m sifting through the site and the blog posts on prep work and tips, I realize that I probably would’ve needed to participate in the bootcamp back in July in order to properly prepare. Or, at the very least, I should’ve been outlining a novel over the last two months.
Part of me just wants to go for it. Another part of me, the one sitting here writing while my toddler repeatedly interrupts my train of thought, thinks get real. And yet another part of me has to acknowledge that I have so many writing goals, both short and long-term, that don’t align with NaNo, it could result in just one more distraction, another unfinished project to add to the heap. And yet…
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which breaks down to 1,667 words per day. I’m thinking about using this word-count goal for the month of November, while remaining focused on essays, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry.
I signed up for NaNo this year as a way to learn more. Has anyone out there participated in years past? I would love to hear about your experiences!
Update (10/17): Oftentimes I ask a question in this space, and the universe answers back. It turns out I joined a NaNoWriMo group two months ago and completely forgot about it. Yesterday a group member posted “Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo,” which outlines strategies for diving into next month’s challenge even if you currently have no idea what you want to write. I’d love to try this strategy because it’s not at all the way I write or approach writing or think about writing. But I think it will have to wait until next year.
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