Digital Dame noted that I have a 2009 NaNoWriMo sticker on my blog.
Yeah, I plan to do it this year. I’ve done it on and off since 2003. I primarily use NaNo as a way to get a draft down but prior to that I’ve already done a lot of the prepping and preparation for it.
So it’s less like I’m just writing 50,000 words in a month to see if I can write 50,000 words in a month and more like I use the event as a way to get a 50,000 word draft down.
If I weren’t already planning to write a draft in November I probably wouldn’t be doing it but I do plan to start a new project, so I went ahead and signed up for it. There’s a local group that gets into it but it’s centered mainly around the university and I usually can’t make their meetings.
But the write-ins can be fun. That’s where you get together with other NaNo participants—meeting at a café, coffee shop, bookstore, student union, wherever, and you write as a group. The energy coming from the other writers can be inspiring although it is easy to also wind up just chatting instead of writing. But when I did attend the write-in’s I’d set myself a goal (usually a certain number of words written by the end of the write-in) and I always made that goal.
The only “rule” for NaNoWriMo, if you even want to call it that, is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. But so many people use NaNoWriMo for other purposes. To revise, to draft, to edit, to write short stories, whatever. That’s the way I see it. Some people who are stickler for rules may tell you that you can only do this or that when it comes to NaNo but that’s a lot of hooey. If you’re going to do NaNo use it for whatever purpose that best serves you. The important thing is that you’re writing.
So, yeah, I’m NaNoing this year. 🙂
But now it’s time for me to get to my early morning writing session before heading out to work.