This is something I have discovered only recently (thanks WordPress) and I find myself attracted to enough that I created a profile on the website but I also chickened out of committing to write that novel in a month.
What is it about?
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
It’s free to sign up and there are loads of supporting resources, potential for meetups, pep talks, etc. from other writers. But most important is it is a community. You get regular emails (if you want to) to keep you updated of the deadlines but also providing a bit of pep talks. There are even some meetups in some of the major cities, including London (if you specify your city, then you get enrolled in your local mailing list). I think it’s amazing and tip my hat to those who came up with the idea.
Now, I am not ready yet to write my novel. I am not even sure I am ready to write a short story! Maybe I am procrastinating (I am very good at that) or maybe I am really not ready but here’s the thing. I will do it next year, I swear!
2014 is meant to be my year of bucket list filling moments. I am turning 40 in January (brrr, where did my thirties go?) and as I will never have children to leave my mark on the world, I feel that I need some sort of legacy. It’s a bit cheesy I know but I also know that I have at least one novel in me. It doesn’t automatically matter if I ever get published (although it would be nice), it’s more something I feel I need to do.
So here is my commitment for next year: I will participate to NaNoWriMo 2014…dang, I just had goosebumps…
If you are interested in this project, visit their website www.nanowrimo.org.