Are you excited about Nano?

Today I visited the Nanowrimo website for the first time in months.

The idea of starting a new novel gives me butterflies. I can’t wait! 91 days and counting.

The adrenaline rush, competition, constant coffee drinking, pajama pants, skipping showers, and most important, coming together with my writing friends to meet a similar goal, it’s  exciting.

And after a year of edits I need some excitement.

I have no idea what I’m going to write but I still have some time to figure it out. What about you? Are you participating this year? Do you have a story idea yet?

If you need a little help getting your juices flowing, read this 2009 pep talk from Chris Baty.

You deserve some fun. We get so focused on doing the things that pay the bills that we sometimes neglect to do the things that make us feel truly alive. You have a world of people depending on you—family, friends, co-workers, bosses, teachers. Taking care of everyone’s needs while still finding time to buy groceries and bathe every couple days can be a feat. Unfortunately, this means that activities like writing and art and music tend to disappear into the margins of our lives.Think of November as an all-expenses-paid, 30-day vacation to novel-land. It’s a place where you can whoop and holler and dance the crazy dance. A place where you can conjure new worlds, dream oversized dreams, and explore the wilds of your imagination. For one month, you get to orient your life around your creative spark, rather than vice versa.

Which brings us back to November 1. Today, over 100,000 people are heading out to find that spark. It’s going to be a great, unforgettable month. The cloud wishes you well! And all of us here on staff wish you well, too.

The world needs your new novel, author.

It’s time to go get it written.


11 thoughts on “Are you excited about Nano?

  1. I have been thinking about the NaNoWriMo challenge quite a bit recently. I’m planning to join in the craziness but have no idea of what I’ll be writing.

    Since I’ll be doing it solely for my own enjoyment, I don’t feel any pressure to come up with anything earth shattering. Personally, I get a big kick out of sitting down and just letting myself write. That’s why I write and how I accomplish it. I just say to myself, let’s write. From that moment, great things happen. My positive emotions are elevated, my brain fully engages and all hell brakes loose.

  2. I’m in!! Last year, I had NO IDEA on November 1 what I would be writing about. At this point, I have some ideas that came out of the Creativity Workshop I’m finishing up now and they may form the germ of a storyline and cast of characters for the upcoming NaNo.

  3. Ack! Already? I think I’m going to vomit. I wanted to finish editing this WIP before then, but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen.

    Oh, but you so know I’m gonna do it anyway 🙂

  4. I’m not ready to commit myself to the NaNo challenge this year and if I do, I think I’ll approach the task in much the same way as Shaddy. I’m not ready to write yet another serious draft.

    1. You know, I think I’ll be in the same boat as the two of you. Last year I tried to hard to write something that I might get pub’d one day (LOL!); if I do it this year, it will be something just for the fun of writing it.

      However, I am signing up for a Creative Writing II class at a local college. I think whether or not I do NaNo will largely depend on if it supports that class. If it’s a distractor from the work I am doing in it, I’ll probably have to pass this year. 🙁 Of course, I’ll be completely jealous all month of November.

      1. The rate at out Community College went up 30% this year. Let’s see, unemployment is at 12.4% – 8000 space workers are looking to be re-educated and the tuition takes as 30% leap. Sounds a little orchestrated to me, but what do I know. Needless to say I can’t afford any classes right now.

        Anyway, I want to do NaNo, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t know if I want to write another draft that would be hanging over my head with the two that are already weighing me down. Maybe I can come up with something fun as a project for November and that way I won’t be stressed out about writing something that will morph into years of editing.

      2. The thought of having another draft to edit makes me cringe, but I need to do something different. If it takes me tens years to get it edited, then so be it. I need something new-different-inspiring. I’m ready, that gives me until November to get to a stopping point with my current WIP.
        I need the thrill and rush of creating something new. I’m ready.

  5. As Irving Thalberg said: “What’s this business about writing? It’s just putting one word after another.”

    Uh, yeah, one could look at it that way, I suppose.

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