NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month An annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30”
Today at work I told my colleague that I was planning to get some writing done this afternoon, I told him that I was about 10,000 words behind but it didn’t really matter. The conversation essentially ended with him asking me what the point of doing to challenge was if I didn’t reach the word count target.
50,000 words is not the point of NaNo, in my mind anyway, it is only one aspect of the challenge. There is challenge in finding time to write everyday, which I admit that I have caved to; some days I’ve written less than 300 words, some none at all. There is a further challenge in developing plot and characters with very little idea on where it’s all going to end up, which is something I’ve definitely struggled with. More importantly though there is joy is NaNo. Joy in being part of a community. Joy in doing something that is entirely disconnected from monetary gain. There is a joy in reconnecting with a hobby that I though I’d somewhat left behind in Uni when I was in more creative circles and my writing felt like it was rewarded in some where – performing it at open mics, submitting it as part of Uni modules. So far I have found NaNo equally rewarding as it has been challenging, and although I don’t quite know what the point of my novel is, I’m starting to work out what the point of all this writing is.
My NaNo19 journey so far: