Contemplating NaNoWriMo 2016

Are you doing it this year? NaNoWriMo, I mean? If there is anyone among us who doesn’t know by now, I’m talking of National Novel Writing Month. It’s November by the way and almost at our doorstep.

First of all, let’s hear it for the People at They deserve the capitalization. They are smart, witty, and inspiring while coordinating thousands and thousands of volunteers and participants around the world. You’ll love the NaNoWriMo community. I have participated in other writing fora, but none of them reach NaNoWriMo’s ankles. There are actually pep talks worth reading and they actually leave you feel pepped. The statistics and motivational badges are addicting as is the acceptance that as long as you are putting pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard), you are doing something right.

Then there’s the writing part. Yup, you still need to sit down and pound the keyboard, croaking out word after word. The result may or may not be a finished story – or the much coveted novel – but simply working with the program, writing every day, and seeing your words on the screen is a huge, exhilarating accomplishment.

I need NaNoWriMo. It is an inspiring sanctuary, and it’s only one month, where you shush everyone in the room with you by the mere utterance:  ”NaNoWriMo”. I mean even telemarketers understand what that means. So what more do you need? I hope to see you there.

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