If you follow me on Twitter, then, starting tomorrow, you’re going to see a dramatic increase in the amount of times I curse on a daily basis. Why? Because tomorrow, November 1st, is the beginning of NaNoWriMo.
This’ll be my fifth year doing NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month; check out its website for more information!), and if my previous four years have taught me anything, it’s that NaNoWriMo sucks. No, seriously. See, the point is to write 50,000 words in the month, which works out to 1667 words a day. At least, that’s the goal. You will almost certainly fall behind at least once, giving you over 3000 words to write the next day…unless you fall behind again, and then it just keeps adding up. I think the biggest hole I’ve fallen in was 15,000 words – that wasn’t fun. I think that weekend was when I first got carpal tunnel.
If you manage to do the impossible and you beat NaNoWriMo, you’re rewarded with some amazing prizes. Wait – No, you’re not. You don’t get anything other than the pride in the knowledge that you did it. Well, okay, you do get a promo code for CreateSpace, which is a self-publishing company. You can upload your manuscript, design a cover, and, with the promo code, order a free proof copy of your book (without the promo, a proof copy is about $6-7). You can also choose to put your book on Amazon (which is how my name turns up results there. No, I’m not going to put in a plug for my books. I wrote them when I was fifteen. They’re terrible. I am, however, going to put in a plug for Jenn’s book!).
But enough with how great it is. Like I said, NaNoWriMo sucks. It’s hard, and harder if you fall behind. It takes over your brain – you’re constantly wondering how you’re going to fit it into your schedule, and what scene you might start with to inspire you, and whether or not today is the day your lack of writing ability will make you jump off a rooftop.
It’s rough. I’m not gonna lie. But NaNoWriMo is the only thing that actually makes me start a novel and see it through to the end (or at least far enough that I have to finish it). I’ve been writing for eight years (and I’ve been okay at it for the last two), and out of the dozens of novels I’ve started, I’ve only ever finished two: the novels I wrote during my first two years of NaNoWriMo.
But really, it is a great experience, and I’m so glad I decided to do it five years ago. So tell me: are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, comment with your username and we’ll be writing buddies! If you’re on the fence, hopefully I can convince you it’s worthwhile, and if you’re not planning on doing it, you’re dumb and you should do it.
I’ll be blogging about my progress every so often throughout the month. Hopefully having some sort of audience will make me stay on track. And in other blog-related news, I’ve changed the schedule of posts; I’ve been finding the sort of posts that I’m interested in writing, so I made a few changes to reflect that. I’ll still be covering movies, TV, and books, but I’ll be doing reviews every week of New Girl, Happy Endings, Supernatural, and Parks and Recreation (and, after Community returns in February, I’ll be covering it and The Office). So look for my review of New Girl and Happy Endings tomorrow!