It’s November – and it’s National Novel Writing Month! Again!
I’m joining the 300,000+ writers in writing my novel. This is my third year participating in this venture. Besides having fun and writing 45,000 words last year, I renewed my belief in: Everyone has a story to tell! And developing stories need listeners.
NaNoWriMo prompts writers to write at least 50,000 words in one month toward completing a novel. NaNoWriMo has organized regions throughout the country and encourages you to join Write-ins. Write-ins are held at Starbucks, Libraries, Parks, Schools — just about anywhere the regional rep can find.
It’s at the Write-ins that writers collaborate by listening to developing ideas and stories.
It’s always fun to meet the Newbies – those who have never attempted a novel, much less join a group of seeming pros! Rapport is always key to welcoming the Newbies – once they hear a few stories, they feel at ease. Guess what? They learn: these writers aren’t pros – just folks with a good story to tell.
What writers share with the newcomers is Energy — Food is always important! Eating and talking around the table break down the barriers and creates a convivial atmosphere. Encouraging words, coffee refills, cranberry muffins – all the ingredients to give First-Timers courage.
Does every NaNoWriMo writer get to 50,000 words at the 30th day of November? No. And that’s okay. Some writers simply wanted to write. Some need encouragement from others to work up backbone to finish. Some like to compete in Word Wars – as the means to finish that novel. Others just like the fun of it….even if it’s their 7th year and they are still trying to find their way.
NaNoWriMo sets up such a framework that encourages and supports any willing writer. They also work to engage and encourage youngsters to write through educational support and fundraising efforts. This is a unique experience that any one can enjoy — and succeed.
Why not try it? You can join at: www.nanowrimo.org