What is NaNoWriMo? It is a writing marathon that asks its participants to try their hand at writing the rough draft of a long form writing project throughout the month of November. The website which the program calls its home base got its start and continues forward with one major goal in mind – to hopefully begin and end a writing project in the space of thirty days. To be more specific, the original goal of the San Francisco-based program was to propel novel writers to burn through the projected word count of a typical novel – fifty-thousand words – beginning on the first official minute of November first, and ending as soon as midnight strikes for the first day of December.
National Novel Writing Month, or as it is oftentimes known as NaNoWriMo, has been a “thing”, mainly in the U.S, for the past eighteen years. Yes, this year the month-long writing marathon is old enough to drink alcohol, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to encourage Allen County writers to give it the old college try. I, myself, haven’t participated in what amounts to a writer’s version of a triathlon for years. This year, I am returning. I hope to entice a few others to join me and the local community of writers to give Allen County some pride, in the form of a raise in this years’ shared wordcount.
Sound like your sort of masochistic fun? Then your first step would be to check out the site for yourself, and see if it’s something that you would like to do. If you do it off-site and without any writing buddies, it’s an endurance test that you may hopefully reap the rewards of in the coming year or years. Well worth a shot, if you ask me! If you participate, the main area of attention has always been the forums, where you can find writers and the writing curious hanging out in one place for one magical month. There, you can expect to ask and answer some questions that have been gnawing at the back of your mind and find some of the finest procrastination during the month where you really shouldn’t be doing just that.
Yes, it's already started, but there's nothing stopping you from jumping in - I'm sure with just a few extra hours of hardcore writing, you'll catch right up!
As far as I know, the NaNo-ers have had a meet-up at one of the ACPL branches not too long ago, but I don't know if there happen to be any more regional meet-ups in the works. If there are, I would encourage first timers especially to check in, whether it's a mini pep rally over coffees, or it's a friendly write-in. If you're interested in joining or hosting a meet-up, I would recommend checking into the regional forum of your choice and checking to see what's already planned. If you want to write or talk writing in person, that's great! To me, NaNoWriMo is all about writers coming out of their work spaces and joining in conversation about the craft that is so often a lonesome prospect.
If you find yourself in need of inspiration, I would recommend borrowing one of the ACPL's copies of the creator of NaNoWriMo's ode to writing, No Plot? No Problem!
If you’re interested in joining us, then there’s just one thing I want to say, and that is: gentlefolk, get ready to start your engines!
Kayla loves all things weird, wonderful, and macabre. Her soul’s in writing, and her hobbies include gaming, watching movies and television shows, and reading anything and everything. Her black cat’s TOTALLY, 100%, not evil.