If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, allow me to shed a little light. It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. Writers from around the world challenge themselves to crank out at least 50,000 words over the course of thirty days (no editing allowed!) and in the process, drive themselves just a little bit closer to madness. In order to meet the bare minimum, one must write approximately 2000 words/day. When you take into consideration the plethora of other life-related things that are also going on during that time (like work), it can present a challenge for sure.
This will be my first year participating, although I’ve been a member for about a year. I’ve got a solid idea, and a working title, so I’m ready to go come November 1st. In order to accomplish at least 50,000 words, I am taking a thirty day break from blogging, tweeting, tumbling, etc. My intention is to fortify myself with coffee and tea, some Elliott Smith records and possibly a fuck-ton of sushi, buckle down and let the story that’s been gestating inside my brain for the last few months come vaulting out onto the page. Everything will be put on hold so I can devote my time solely to the written word. In essence, I plan to disappear from social media for a month.
That’s pretty difficult for me in and of itself.
If you would like to keep track of me during the journey (and maybe participate yourself so we can go insane together), hit me up HERE. I live in Toronto and will be popping up at the various events and write-ins around the city, so maybe I’ll see you out there, laptop or notebook in hand, looking frazzled and somehow magical. If you’re planning to participate and live in the city, you can find all the goods on the Toronto NaNo website. It’s going to be amazing.
I’ve prepared a couple posts that will come out a few times throughout the month, so keep an eye out for anything marked *From Beyond Hiatus* — those are my loving gifts to you beautiful people who keep coming back to read my blog.
I hope everyone had a fun Halloween and I’ll see you all in December!