I am sure that you have been seeing the ads everywhere, people madly collecting their thoughts throughout October, heads down, pens scratching out an idea. This is the wonderful time of NaNoWriMo. I cannot express how much I love it. I never finished a book, I never even came close to 50,000 words, but I have learnt more in the last two years from NaNoWriMo’s books, the interviews they get, the authors who post encouragement and tips. But, the best was meeting a local group of writers who turned out to be the most wonderful, brilliant and encouraging group ever. When you sign up, you can join in on local groups write-ins, both in real life, and virtual, which is so much fun and helpful if you need that accountability.
All of the above is why this event is so immensely popular. It pulls people together, if forces you to learn, to push through, FORCE yourself to write. You may not hit the 50,000 goal, but the fact that you stuck with it makes you feel frickin fantastic.
This year I will be doing things a little differently (and, yes, you are allowed to do things differently). I don’t have time to do much, as I also run a small business and am trying to start printing my artwork my self, AND I have a small human who is crawling now and making me realize there is no such thing as FULLY baby-proofing a house. So, I am going to use NaNo to write blog posts, try to finish TWO of The Cunning Crow Newspapers (read about that here) and try to start a podcast. I might pull out my book idea if I feel like it, but I have these specific goals and I don’t want to throw to many separate projects onto my plate.
ANYWHO, I hope that you all are joining in too, and no matter what your plan is, I hope you succeed beyond your wildest expectations!!
Follow NaNoWriMo and get tips, inspiration and do the word sprints, they rock:
- On Facebook: @NaNoWriMo
- On Twitter: @NaNoWriMo
- On Tumblr: @NaNoWriMo
- On Instagram: @NaNoWriMo
- On Pinterest: @NaNoWriMo
- On YouTube: Use the hashtag #NaNoWriMo
AND one of my favorite authors, Austin Kleon, made a simple little calendar for your progress HERE
Join me on Twitter @trishfibs (writing account) or @wildrootsphoto (artwork) and we can follow each others progress!!