And We’re Off… Kinda

1 Nov

It is that time of year again folks. It is that wonderful, magical month filled with caffeine-fueled dreams and wastebaskets stuffed like cornucopias with pages and pages of trashed ideas and dangling plot threads. Yes, it is officially time for National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.

If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it occurs every year in November. You have 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. That means you must write at least 1,667 words each day to reach the goal. What do you get if you win? The ultimate in prizes: bragging rights. Sounds easy enough, right? 1,667 words a day doesn’t seem too bad. You might have the will power and discipline to complete your daily word count goal. (I know at least one Wrimo who can write all 50,000 words in 24 hours.) For the rest of us mere mortals, it can be a little difficult finding time for NaNoWriMo somewhere between work and family life. But as Mom used to say, it isn’t whether you win or lose.

The point of NaNoWriMo is to have a blast while writing alongside your fellow writers. The forums are awesome plot fodder in and of themselves. This will be the fourth year I am participating in NaNoWriMo and I have not won once. Why do I keep coming back year after year? It is just good clean fun. How am I doing so far this year? Not so hot. I have not written a single word as of yet. However, I did create an awesome book cover for my novel.

So give it a go. Everyone’s doing it. You know you want to.Visit their website http://www.nanowrimo.org to sign up and join in the shenanigans.

C. L. Parson

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