Confessions of a first-time Wrimo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
25,000 words down, 25,000 to go

By the end of November, I don’t expect to have a masterpiece. I don’t even expect to have something I’m willing to let another human read (except maybe my mom). But I will—fingers crossed—have 50,000 words that didn’t exist before; 50,000 words that I wrote. And that’s pretty cool.

NaNoWriMo is a time to lock up your inner editor, drink lots of coffee, occasionally fight the urge to rip out all your hair, and to let the words flow without concern for what happens when December hits. So, if you missed out on NaNoWriMo this year, think about giving it a shot when November 2013 rolls around (unless, of course, the apocalypse has happened by then, in which case, never mind). You can even try writing a novel during the month of December instead, or even starting tomorrow. There’s nothing magical about the month of November; the point of NaNoWriMo is putting a story to paper, and that’s something that anyone can do, at any time.

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  • Carrie

    Great post. I’m not a writer, but the thought of putting my scattered tale on paper for others to view decades after I’m gone is a fun one. I’m unexpectedly witty at times, and relish the thought of reading my own novel once I slow down and have time to read again…

  • squashed

    Great way to encourage that latent creativity lurking in us all!