It’s almost that time of year again – National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, or NaNo for even shorter.
If you’re unfamiliar with NaNo – starting from midnight on 1 November and finishing at 11:59pm on 30 November, the objective is to write 50,000 words of prose in 30 days.
And the prize for completing NaNo? The satisfaction of writing 50,000 words of prose in 30 days.
Sound crazy? It is, indeed.
Sound pointless? It certainly is not.
True, there are much less daunting and stress-free ways to spend your November – but as I found when I completed NaNo for the first time in 2006 (and that is a story and a future blog-post in itself), writing 50,000 words of prose in 30 days is an incredible and fulfilling achievement.
Like all good challenges in life, NaNo compels you to take a flying leap out of your comfort zone, do what it takes to reach your objective, and discover new facets of yourself that can be applied to other parts of your life.
Completing NaNo for the first time in 2006 was a major milestone for me in several ways. Not only had I finally succeeded after three previous failed attempts, and not only would I grow as a writer in the years that followed, but other good fortune would also keep coming my way, including (but not limited to) the following:
- making more friends
- finding more enjoyable ways to spend my time
- perhaps even getting hit on while I was writing one night in a restaurant
- eventually meeting Chris Baty himself, the man behind NaNo
But they’re other stories for other times, and throughout November I’ll be posting about them here at Black and Blue Man. After all, I can’t spend all of my November just writing 50,000 words of prose.
If you’re intrigued about trying NaNo for the first time, head on over to the site and learn all about it – and if you’re an old NaNo-hand doing it again, all the best!
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂