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.