It was 11:30pm on Halloween night and after properly stuffing my face with candy, I grabbed my laptop and rushed off to join 30 other people at Denny’s here in Boulder. No, I wasn’t off for a midnight round of Warcraft (which I have never played before) or to watch YouTube videos (usually that is only Saturday nights). I was headed there to kick off NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.
So what is NaNoWriMo you ask? Well it’s where crazy people all over the world try and write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November (which is 1,667 words a day). If you succeed, you win! Honestly, it’s called winning. I, myself, have attempted it five different years (2005,2006,2007,2009,2010) and have only won once (2006)! Why do I fail so much you ask? Well for lots of different reasons: not writing enough, getting too busy, losing my plot line, etc. The excuses go on and on.
So what am I writing about this year? Usually I am pretty nervous to tell anyone my plot line, or let anyone read my writing for that matter, because it’s usually crap. But here goes nothing. My novel this year is the invasion and fall of the United States from the view of a teenage in the Colorado mountains. I have a basic plot line figured out so far (so hopefully that won’t stop me this time), but other than that I am hoping just to get the story down on paper.
How can you help me succeed? Well that is so kind of you! Right now I take donations in the form of coffee, hugs, and comfy sofas to nap on (since most of my writing takes place between 1-3am). But seeing that it is only the 2nd of November, the best thing you can do is join in! I know many of you already have an awesome story idea in your head and want to get it down on paper. And what better time to do so than when you have millions of people around the world writing with and supporting you.
So next time you see me and I look sleep deprived or I am aggressively hugging a cup of coffee, you will know why. And with that I need to get back to writing. Or procrastinating.
If you want more information and to join the community check out: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Image courtesy of Chris Baty.