**For those who don’t know: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). More information on the event is here.
I went back and forth on this for a while, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I could invest the time needed to participate. I don’t have business travel scheduled for November (something that could change, but I’m hoping will not). I’m also in the middle of preparing for a big international move. Things have been progressing smoother than we expected, though, so it looks like November’s less hectic than I thought it’d be.
I’m a big fan of NaNoWriMo. In 2010, I participated and wrote a middle-grade fantasy novel with fun magic and a quirky cast of characters. The experience taught me the discipline of writing. This morning I went back and read through bits of that novel (for the first time in almost three years) and was pleasantly surprised. Eventually, I’d like to revisit that world, fix up the story, and maybe even finish the rest of that series.
As a result of doing NaNoWriMo 2010, I settled into a comfortable daily writing routine and felt encouraged enough to step forward and publish in 2011. I’d written stories for so long…all my life, really. But it was the first time I committed to a disciplined schedule.
If you’re an aspiring writer, I encourage you to join! NaNo has a great community and everyone is very supportive. Even if you don’t get to 50,000 words, a lot can be learned from the experience.
This year, I’ll use the event to finish Ondine and get a decent chunk of Breaker done. If you want a writing buddy, you can find me here.
I’ll be happy to buddy you guys back. Good luck to those entering this year!