Starting November 1st at one minute past midnight we start our month long adventure into becoming novelists! “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.” That is their mission statement!!
Last year 310,095 individuals participated in NaNoWriMo. Can you imagine being part of that world-wide community? NaNoWriMo will send us emails of encouragement, have YouTube all day write-ins, you can follow them on Twitter and if we are lucky maybe writing events in our local area. The plan is to put our fingers to the keyboard and start our journey. To reach our 50,000 word count we just let rip and send our internal editor out of the room. There is no going back to edit or have second thoughts. It is full steam ahead in our creative process. At the end of the month you will know you can do it. Yes it is only a draft and maybe you will only take one idea or character out of it, but you will have committed to writing for a month and that is an accomplishment into itself!