From the Official NaNoWriMo Site:
“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”
My Decision to Participate:
I’ve been aware of NaNoWriMo for the longest time, but was always pretty afraid to actually participate. Writing a novel, let alone writing one in thirty days, is a daunting task. I know people who’ve done it for years and, through the process, have grown as writers.
So, what made me change my mind?
Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I started a novel last spring as part of my graduate studies at Mount Mary College. I plan to use that novel as my master’s thesis in December 2011, and the entire process, though very daunting, has been a tremendous learning experience thus far.
Enter NaNoWriMo 2011. While I have to write this from scratch, I welcome the entire opportunity with open arms. Cliché, I know, but it’s the truth. I’m not sure if I’ll even come close to the 50k word mark, but the experience should be an interesting one. I’ve finally come up with an idea (whew!). The tentative title is “The Consequence of Liking Girls,” though this will probably change at least once. I’ve never been good with titles for my own work.
As I said, this is my first year f participation, so I’m still figuring some things out, but I’m looking forward to it.
Want to add me as a buddy so you can track my progress? Click here or click on the NaNoWriMo badge on the sidebar to get to my profile. If you add me as a buddy, I promise to return the favor!
And if you’re taking the plunge this year too, I’d love to hear about your past experiences or what you’re hoping will happen this year. Let’s discuss it all in the comments!