This week’s meme from The Broke and the Bookish is our choice. Since I am ankle-deep in it, I thought I would do Top Ten Things About National Novel Writing Month, or as the cool kids call it, NaNoWriMo. This is my first time to participate and I am really pumped up about it. So here’s my list:
- I am not the only one wearing my pjs today (or this whole month). It’s like one huge sleepover where instead of all heading over to Ashley’s* house, we are all connected by the computer (*substitute your BFF here, you know, the one who always insisted that your braces didn’t make you attract magpies and X really would like you if only he/she really knew you).
- You have one month to write 50,000 words. That’s about 175 pages. Doable? Absolutely. The word count tracker keeps you honest, and at the end of the day (literally, not figuratively, though that works, too) you know exactly how many words you have written. You can see your stats in bar-graph form, too, and it will tell you when you will reach 50,000 words at that pace. It will also tell you what you need to clock in order to “win” by the end of November 30th.
- You can say you wrote a novel. How cool is that? Just remember this is the draft, not the final product. As any author can tell you, the most important thing is to get it written. Worry about the editing later – that’s step two. Finish step one first. That’s why they’re numbered that way.
- There are all sorts of cool things on their website, from the number of words written that day (this morning that number is 732,894,967) to videos by participants to merchandise to buy to the Procrastination Station.
- You can get buddies who are writing, too. I am still a little fuzzy on this, but I imagine you are there to support each other. You can be my buddy – find me here.
- There are real, live events that you can attend. Part of the sign-up process is telling what region you are in. Many of these regions will have write-ins somewhere so you can get support and meet others who are writing. You can find these events, as well as get-togethers in other regions, from your NaNoWriMo page.
- You get pep talks from published authors! So far Kate DiCamillo and Gennifer Albin have both written amazingly wise words that I will do all in my power to follow.
- NaNoWriMo isn’t just for the writer. Yes, the main goal is for you, the writer, to FINALLY get that novel written, but there is also a philanthropic side to it. From the website: “NaNoWriMo and the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program are both run by the Office of Letters and Light, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. When you donate to the Office of Letters and Light, you help bring free creative writing programs to nearly 350,000 kids and adults in approximately 100 countries, 2,000 classrooms, 200 libraries, and 500 NaNoWriMo regions every year.” Pretty awesome, huh?
- If you can’t afford to donate, you can get sponsorships – like in middle school when you did that walkathon. Check here for deets.
- It is not too late to join. NaNoWriMo started on the first of November, but you can catch up because you’re awesome that way.
As Kate DiCamillo says, “Do it for Bob!”