For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It is observed annually in November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of November. One of my favorite books, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, was written during NaNoWriMo. I think over two or three. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen was also written during NaNoWriMo. There are other novels that were written as a part of NaNoWriMo as well.
I first heard of NaNoWriMo during my sophomore year of undergrad and I tried and failed to complete the month several times. The thing is, at the time, I was trying to complete each character’s story instead of allowing my mind to wander where it pleased. I now know that I can write the character’s story however I want so if one ending doesn’t suit me at the end of the story, I can rewrite it later. My goal is to just get the words and thoughts out. This year, I intend to complete it. I’m not sure if I’ll actually write a novel or do another book of poetry but I will set aside this month just to write. My mom’s decided to join me but when I reminded her about it today, she completely forgot. She has a book that she’s been working on for years and she was initially excited that there was a community of supporters out there. Hopefully, she will participate for the entire month, but if she doesn’t hat’s okay too. I’ve found that when I force myself to write about something, it’s always complete trash so I don’ t want her to force anything. I’m excited and I actually think I will complete the challenge this year!!! My toes are wiggling as I type this. my only concern is that I bought this really great journal for writing my next great story, but I don’t know if I want to use it for writing because I’m just going to type the story on my computer later. I keep thinking, it may be best to type to begin with, but I also don’t want to lug my laptop around NYC. I don’t care how compact it is. Plus, there’s something about the feel of a pen on paper that I love and makes me just so calm and giddy and inspires me to write more, but I also like the sound of the rhythm of my typing. I like the way the keys sound when I press the spacebar and the sound of the shift key plus whatever letter I’m capitalizing. The sound of pressing enter when I complete a paragraph is nice too. Oh, there is inspiration everywhere! I must go now, or I will start typing nonsense just to hear these sounds.
Will any of you join in NaNoWriMo, or have you participated in the past? If so, I’d love to speak with you about your work! 🙂