Next month is a big month for us around here. It’s gear up for the holidays and Thanksgiving annnnnd for our household it’s also NaNoWriMo!
What is NaNoWriMo? (some of you might be wondering,) well…
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers from around the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. In its 18th year, they are expecting almost half a million people to set forth on this adventure.
We (the majority of the household) do this almost every year. It’s crazy, it’s nerve-wracking and for some reason we love it. Some of us win, some don’t make it, some get sidetracked and some get inspired and write for the rest of the winter. It’s just the kick in the pants that we need sometimes.
The best part about NaNoWriMo is you can write whatever you want. Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction…anything, just as long as it is 50,000 words. That works out to about 1667 words a day. Here is a little bit more info on “why”: https://nanowrimo.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/161061-nano-in-a-nutshell
I end up writing a lot of recipes (but I hate doing it, lol) because I feed 4 fully grown people on a grocery budget of $500-450 a month and I do a lot of research on healthy, gluten-free and diabetic cooking. I’m also a proponent of the local food movement and have become a member of several local food co-ops and non-profits. I just didn’t realize how much writing there is concerning cooking good food 🙂
I love NaNoWriMo because I use it as my “cut-loose” time, my permission to myself to write for just me, just for fun. I will probably be cursing NaNoWriMo halfway through the month but I’ll still do it because in the end I’ll love it again and even if I write the worst soppy sappy stilted drivel I’ve ever done, it’s my “me time” and I look forward to this mental release valve all year.
Starting prep for NaNo this year has made me wonder how many of our members write? I don’t mean just straightforward fiction but those who blog, journal, art journal, spirit journal, write poetry, songs and non-fiction or articles. Writing is writing and writing is an art as well and quantity doesn’t matter, no matter how little you write, if you do write, well, you are a writer.
I already know we’ve got some writers out there so I really look forward to hearing from many of you. All types of journals and blogging definitely count too!
OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!
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Happy Monday to all 😃