I know this post is a little early, considering we’re only into the first week of October, but I wanted to share a very exciting upcoming writing event . . . just in case you don’t already know about it. Nationwide, November is known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWrimo for short. Every November, aspiring authors and published authors alike join together for one month of reckless writing. Sounds like fun right? As a member of NaNoWrimo, going on 5 years now, I can honestly say it’s a lot of fun, albeit extremely stressful. How can it be stressful, you may wonder. The stress comes from a . . . ‘challenging’ 50,000 word count goal. Not pages. Not paragraphs. Individual words! In 30 days no less!
So why participate? What is the benefit? For me, it’s the social interaction. We all know writing is not top on the list of social activities, but it doesn’t have to be a completely solitary act. In fact, many successful published authors attend writer’s retreats, workshops, and other social events in order to discuss and better develop their writings. Similarly, NaNoWrimo connects writers through the project’s website, where participants can create profiles and post information about their novels, including s synopsis and excerpts. Forums help connect writers with one another online, but there are also regional writing events sponsored locally to connect writers in-person. The main goal of the project is to encourage writers to just get started. It’s not about the quality of work, it’s about getting the words down, and hopefully getting inspired along the way. Interested? In order to participate, you have to register with a username and password online. Below I’ve included the links to the official site, the facebook page, and the twitter account. Get connected! Stay calm and write on! Official Website: http://nanowrimo.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nanowrimo Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaNoWriMo