Okay, it’s November sixth, so chances are you, our lovely, internet-savvy audience, know that people all over the world are on their first steps of National Novel Writing Month, 2009, or as it’s affectionately known, NaNoWriMo.
If you haven’t heard the deal (and really, don’t pretend you haven’t!) you’re supposed to write a 50,000 word novel in the thirty days of November. If you do that day by day, that’s an average of 1667 (or okay, 1666.66 😉 ) words per day, every day. Some people (like myself) have never hit that 50K mark. Some hit it on Day 10. (Who these people are, I don’t know).
Really, whether you hit the mark or not, that’s not the point—some may think so, but really, the point is that people are writing. And not just writing a sentence here and there, but throwing caution to the wind and whipping up a tornado of words!
So, some of you are blinking and thinking, it’s DAY SIX—I can’t start now! Why not? Okay, I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s Day 6 for me, too… and I only have about three NaNo days’ worth of writing. If that. So jump on the train if you want, to, no matter where you get on (or off!) it’ll give your imagination and enthusiasm a boost!
There are some really great resources out there for NaNo-ers also. My favorite this year is that Scott Westerfield (of Uglies fame) and his wife, Justine Larbalestier (author of the new Liar) are splitting up the days in November—even and odd—and posting daily NaNo tips!
If you sign up for a local “region” on the NaNoWriMo website, you can also find out about write-ins in your area, especially if you’re in or near a bigger city.
Personally, I’m a bit of a NaNo “Rebel.” I use NaNo to add words to works in progress. Yes, I said works, multiple. I’m really focusing on one this year, but I’m not above counting new words on my other big WIP. I only count new words, though, so I let myself go on that. 😉
Really, though, it’s a by-your-honor thing. It’s not like Chris Baty, NaNo’s creator, can come and personally check to see if everybody has written the 50,ooo words who’ve claimed it (though there is a word-verfier on the website, complete with instructions on how to scramble your letters, if you’re excessively paranoid, like me!
If you cheat, though, you’re only cheating yourself, and that’s the gist of it.
So… do YOU NaNo?