Nearly every time I see the term NaNoWriMo, I have a flashback of Robin Williams in the 1970s-80s TV show, Mork and Mindy. Nanu-Nanu.
November’s IWSG question:
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is the posting day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
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It is sort of fitting in its own way. You see, Robin Williams was an intellectual comedic genius. If you ever watched him in the show, you could see just how fast his brain worked. Often, you could see as others in the show were talking, Mork on the side biting his lip, literally chomping at the bit, to deliver another line.
To win in NaNoWriMo, you need to be chomping at the bit to write your next line.
National November Writing Month,
or NaNoWriMo for those in the know
NaNoWriMo, the National November Writing Month event is about prompting writers to get their words written. To be considered a winner, the writer needs to write 50,000 words within the month of November. It can be a complete story or even the first part of a much longer effort. Unlike Robin though, there is nothing holding back the writer from delivering another line.
Over time, I have often run across NaNoWriMo inferences and references and even watched a youtube video of a writer discussing how they prepare for the NaNoWriMo event. I have been aware of the event for some time.
More than once, I’ve considered joining the event
I get very excited about it, but then the logical brain kicks in and I realize there isn’t a chance in hell that I would actually focus the time needed. Roughly 1,700 words each and every day. Even if I could have the discipline to sit and write 3,000 words a day, I know that I would let my regular world get in the way with urgent, yet unimportant tasks. I have enough self-awareness to know I should not set myself up for failure. But it is nice to dream and bask in the thought for a few minutes.
If I recall correctly, in one iteration of the event, there were almost 500,000 registrations with a reported ‘winner’ pool of over 40,000 submissions. The winners don’t actually get anything from the event other than bragging writes and a badge to post on their blog or website. Obviously, the real win is the 50,000-plus word head start on a manuscript. And that, in and of itself, is a huge windfall.
With my goal at some point to just write for some meager earnings, I don’t actually ever see myself participating in the event. If I get to the point where I feel that I could actually focus that much time on writing, I doubt that I would wait for November to start. The stars would need to align just right.
Note: I’m not really sure what the rules are, but apparently being a co-host doesn’t get you invited to the IWSG Super Secret Meeting Place I mentioned in my genres article. Damn!