Sounds like a war cry, doesn’t it? Or perhaps the newest secret Pokemon revealed by Nintendo for the ever-expanding pet fighting franchise. But NaNoWriMo is much more interesting than that.
For the past 11 years, there has been a growing organization whose sole purpose is to get people to make use of all that keyboard banging in our everyday lives. How? By motivating everyone to spend the entire month of November writing. But not just any old writing, novel writing.
Yes, that is right. The goal of NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is to poke and prod you into birthing the novel lurking beneath the surface of your psyche. Tall order, right? After all, when you think about it from a technical standpoint, a novel is 50,000+ words (this point is arguable, but I go by a general standard outlined by the editors of Writer’s Digest magazine). So to think that you could conceivably do this in 30 short days is enough to constrict anyone’s *ahem* butthole muscles.
But let’s think about it. What better way to get you off your duff than by giving you such a hard deadline? It’s like being in college on a Wednesday when you have a paper on Akira Kurasawa due at 4pm on Thursday (true story). You just get it done and don’t look back. And therein lies the point.
The work you’re going to produce in this month probably isn’t going to end up sitting on the shelf next to Terry Pratchet. In fact, it will probably be pretty awful and chaotic. And that’s the beauty of the thing; don’t think, just do. Break out of the confines of “it won’t be good enough, so why bother,” stop concentrating on the perfect plot and let your mind take over and just spew out the full-on double rainbow that is your mind!
Sorry about that outburst there at the end. Sometimes I get excited.
So, for the second year, I will be attempting to accomplish the NaNoWriMo feat. And though, with having a time-consuming job and being away from home most of the week, I may not make it all the way to the end, I want to invite everyone to join me in this epic quest of epic epicness. You can find my profile here (http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/590747). So please, sign up, add me as a buddy and let’s push, pull, poke and electrocute each other along.