NaNoWriMo is in the air. Can you smell it?
Sure, right now that’s the smell of excitement, stockpiles of chocolate and coffee, and possibly disinfectant, as writers furiously clean their houses one last time before NaNo sets in.
Later on, it’ll be the smell of madness and unwashed people.
You get the picture.
Folks are signed up and raring to go.
For those of you that haven’t signed up yet, fear not, there’s still time. Head on over to NaNoWriMo and get it done.
Some folks have their outlines all ready and some are just brimming with ideas.
Other folks, having thrown caution to the wind and signed up without the slightest clue to how they’re actually gonna finish, are now feeling the winds change and are frantically wondering if they can unsign up.
Still others are sneaking in the back door of NaNo because they’re breaking the first rule of NaNoWriMo.
You know the first rule of NaNoWriMo, right?
The first rule of NaNoWriMo is: don’t talk about NaNoWriMo.
No…wait…that’s another club.
The first rule of NaNoWriMo is: you may only begin writing your novel on Nov 1. You may not add to a pre-existing manuscript.
Okay, it’s not really the first rule. It’s something like the 4th. The rules aren’t actually numbered. Anyway…
The idea is that a partly finished novel could hold you back:
This sounds like a dumb, arbitrary rule, we know. But bringing a half-finished manuscript into NaNoWriMo all but guarantees a miserable month. You’ll care about the characters and story too much to write with the gleeful, anything-goes approach that makes NaNoWriMo such a creative rush. Give yourself the gift of a clean slate, and you’ll tap into realms of imagination and intuition that are out-of-reach when working on pre-existing manuscripts.
Read more here.
Of course, the minute you make a rule, somebody’s just gotta break it.
And one of those somebodies is me.
As I may have mentioned before, I’m hip deep in my post-apocalyptic pre-megabestselling novel. While I’m fully aware that joining NaNo with said novel could be a total disaster (especially since I’m a NaNewbie). I might be too attached to the existing outline to really get into the NaNo
Blah blah blah.
However, I determined to finish this beast book by the end of the year. At least the first draft part. And since it feels like snails on quaaludes could finish faster than I could at my current pace, the unique frenzy that is National Novel Writing Month could be just the kick in the pants I need.
I said NaNo could be the kick in the pants I need. You don’t need to kick me.
My starting November with a work-in-progress really isn’t all that unusual. In fact, there’s a whole forum on the site for folks like me.
So, if you think you can’t do NaNoWriMo because you’re working on something you don’t want to put aside for the next 30ish days, despair not. Come join me and the other rule-breakers and get your NaNo on.
How are you doing NaNo this year?
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