Well, November is (almost) here and that means only one thing…
You’re probably asking, “What the heck is NaNoWriMo?” Well, the short of it is to attempt to write a 50,000 word (about 175 page) novel from midnight November 1 to the end of November (midnight November 30). Started 10 years ago by Chris Baty in San Francisco, the event has grown over the years into a worldwide phenomenon that is completely run by donations. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The whole point is to write until your fingers fall off without editing, which I know I need to learn to do just to get a cohesive article written.
So who in their right mind would attempt such a foolhardy goal?
You could ask the almost 110,000 people around the world who suffered the insanity last year. Or you could ask the almost 140 CIA members if you want to stay closer to home. That is, the 140 Central Iowa Author members.
Check out the madness I endured last Sunday at Jason’s Deli during our “Kick Off” Party, and you know the insanity that I’m about to start. We’ve got veterans who have written five, six, seven years; new NaNoers from high school; and even a 7-year-old who’s going to attempt NaNo (but she’s going for the more attainable 5,000 word mark).
Well, if anyone would like to join me, you’re more than welcome to. Think about it: 50,000 words divided into 30 days is an average of 1,667 words a day, an easily obtainable goal. If you have any questions about my sanity in going through this, feel free to comment below. But if you see me walking around Meredith muttering to myself and scribbling in a black notebook, I’m totally sane.