Well, are you?
Of course, if you’ve not heard of NaNoWriMo, then there’s a fairly high possibility that you think I might be talking about some new trendy form of high-rise city slicker drug parties, or perhaps a new type of technical hackery that’s gradually taking over the interwebs when we’re not watching.
But no, this would be the yearly foray into writing a shedload of words in not a lot of time and generally doing ALL OF THE WRITING YOU POSSIBLY CAN. I did it last year, and it was great fun, and I was massively knackered at the end of it.
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s the month, November to be specific, where you pledge to write 50,000 words. That’s 1667 words a day.
That’s the sort of wordage that feels like it needs some sort of Rocky-esque montage.
I was toying with the idea of doing it again.
I wanted to.
I mean, you’re probably not going to write a finished masterpiece (hey, maybe you will, you evil genius, you) but you’re sure as hell gonna get into a great writing roll and somewhere in all of that there’s bound to be something you’re gonna want to keep.
But I know, for me, this year, I’m just not going to find the time to commit to it. So instead, I’m going to attempt to join in ‘in spirit’. I’m not going to try to keep up with the word count, but I am going to be writing something every day. Whether that’s a blog post, a short story, some more on the current work in progress, or maybe just a really clever tweet (there is, after all, a first for everything) – it’ll be writing. And it’ll be writing every day.
And to those of you officially riding on that crazy NaNoWriMo train, I salute you.
I’m jealous of you.
I’m cheering for you.
I’m wishing you all of the words and plenty of biscuits and probably a few glasses of wine to keep you going into the winter evenings.
Go NaNoWriMers, go write, go write everything.
GO BE MORE KERMIT.