If you’re familiar with my Operation Twenty12 project, one of the things that I wanted to work on over the course of the year was writing more often. Though I believe that I have slowly started to put out more content, I have still battled with the frustration of writing. Not necessarily writer’s block, per se, but just overcoming the reticence to write about whatever comes to my mind. What can, or could, I do to get over this hump? Well, I spotted an article a few days ago about an annual writing challenge and my interest was immediately piqued.
The National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a movement, of sorts, that encourages aspiring writers to draft a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. The creation of NaNoWriMo is interesting, and you can read all about it here. I did a quick Google search and there appears to be a lot of writers gearing up for NaNoWriMo. Of course, the challenge has its critics. Laura Miller, a writer for Salon.com, wrote a rather critical piece about National Novel Writing Month a couple of years ago. Carolyn Kellogg wrote a strident counterpoint piece in the LA Times. To each their own, I say. If NaNoWriMo can challenge or encourage someone to get an idea out of his/her head…what’s the harm in that?
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo, and I have about six days to think about a subject, plot, and character(s) for my novel. If you’ve read some of my posts on this blog, you know that I am fully capable of cranking out 1,000 or more words in a single post. Sustaining that flow of thoughts and words 50 times over seems quite daunting, though. With that said, I think the most challenging aspect of NaNoWriMo is that I have not written any fiction since I was kid. I used to love writing illustrated, short stories. Since then, however, all of my writing has been short– or long-form, non-fiction essays. Add to that, practically everything that I read is non-fiction. Just how in the world am I going to develop and write a fiction novel? I guess we’ll see. I see this as a challenge to try out something completely different. Something way outside of my comfort zone. I am anxious, but also excited.
I believe that a couple of friends, who are far more talented writers than I, will be participating in NaNoWriMo. What about you? If you do plan to take on the challenge, let me know in the comment section. I’d like to connect the people that I know are participating. I’d like to use a Springpad folder as a place where we can share ideas, suggestions, tips, and encouragement.
Given that this is a 30-day challenge, You can count on me coming back on December 1st to let you know what happened. Wish me luck!