National Novel Writing Month (affectionately called NaNoWriMo for short) is upon us once again. I’ve participated in the past two years (under a pseudonym), and both experiences were positive. Each year I got to 50,000 words, and I can say that the second time around was a little easier than the first. Both manuscripts have produced material which I could publish. In fact, my upcoming book started out as a NaNoWriMo project.
Other people decide to try to write 50,000 words in thirty days for different reasons. Some people do it to kick off their next big project (like I do), while others just do it for the challenge. A person might want to just do this to have a good excuse not to shop on Black Friday, or maybe this is an item to cross off on a bucket list. So many different people come to the challenge that any reason, excuse, or desire can justify taking part in this wondrous international event.
On top of that, there’s the added benefit of meeting other writers and aspiring writers in your local area. NaNoWriMo is the best of excuses to go find people who explore fantasy worlds, lovers’ quarrels, mysteries beyond comprehension, and generally getting lost in good stories. Not everyone is a writer, so getting the chance to find people with similar interests is always welcome. Even if the people you meet aren’t doing the challenge to actually publish a novel, they’re probably a person who will be interested in the stuff you do publish.
It’s easy to get lost in the challenge of NaNoWriMo without seeing all these other benefits it brings. If you’re a reader, writer, or just curious about how books get written, it’s got something for everyone. NaNoWriMo is more than just something silly for people who write stories to do in a month; it’s a good community for all things writing.
To anyone who is deciding to do it this year, you can add MWLange as a buddy over at the NaNoWriMo site. I’m also located in the USA::Alabama::North region. You can also hit me up on Twitter @MattWLange . Best wishes to all who participate!