Well……. actually it’s HERE!!!!
This is the first week of NaNoWriMo 2014. What the heck is NaNo—what? National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a novel in a month! That’s right. 50,000 words in 30 days. Insane, right? INSANELY AWESOME!
This will be my second NaNoWriMo (not including Camp NaNo, which occurs in April and July every year). Last year’s NaNo novel ended up being the book I decided to throw into the publishing arena. There have been two members of our group that have already published their NaNo stories. (We’re an ambitious group!)
I have found that there are two types of people in the world. The people who think writing for fun is weird (or nerdy or strange or lame…take your pick). They just don’t understand the very deep, compulsory need to put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) and give life to people you’ve never met, places you’ve never seen, and things you’ve never done. They scratch their head in confusion and disbelief when you tell them that you’ve just got to put this story on the page or your imagination is just going to implode! (My sister is so like this. She totally doesn’t get the writing side of me at all. She loves me, but she thinks the writing thing is just “weird”.)
But then…there are the others. Your kindred spirits (to borrow from Anne of Green Gables). Those people who, just like you, constantly have “voices in their head”. Characters desperately wanting their stories to be told. Incredible adventures and journeys that need chronicling. They immediately understand your frustration with writer’s block. They’ve been there too. They have also fought the battle between the story you’re currently trying to write and the story in the back of your mind that’s fighting for attention because it wants to be written now, not four months from now when you have scheduled to write it.
That’s what NaNoWriMo is for me. Several months every year, I get to camp out in the meeting room of our local coffee shop, surrounded by what we have to refer to as “our tribe”. Strangers who have quickly and completely become a second family. No exclusion, just acceptance and camaraderie with people who love writing as much as I do. Different ages, different backgrounds, different writing styles and genres. We all laugh and joke at the constant Doctor Who references (along with references from several other “fandoms”). We share stories of our “writing horrors/disasters” and help brainstorm ideas. We’re all watching the November calendar dwindle and our word counts rise, clinging to the hope we’ll all have 50K by 11:59 on the 30th. You could consider it a club. A support group. A think tank. Whatever you want to call it, it’s support and encouragement and fun.
Want to write a story? Check out the NaNoWriMo website here.
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