NaNoWriMo Prep: What You Need to Know

October 4, 2016

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Yesterday, I started my yearly discussion about NaNo Prep. But maybe you’re really new to all this, so I dropped you into a discussion where the wind-speed of a laden RPG was mixed in a MOOC with OMG results and everything was pretty FUBAR. (That’s “funnied up beyond all recognition”, for those who don’t humor.)

So, baby steps.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and it happens in November every year. It started back in 1999, in July. I guess they hadn’t capitalized on the fun of the “No” in both “novel” and “November” yet. They fixed that by the next year and threw in some “rules” (which people still break every year and call themselves “rebels”). If you haven’t read their history, you really should. It reminds me that big things start small, sometimes have a few really stinky poopy diapers, get a rebellious teenager phase, and then grow up (hopefully) into something we can be proud of. It also remind me why Figments shouldn’t be parents.

NaNoWriMo is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which means they went from twelve people just having fun to being, you know, real. Sounds like a success story for a Figment.

Why Should I Care About NaNoWriMo?
Even if you never try writing a novel (and, hey, I’m never going to knit a darn thing, so I’m not pushing), you should care about NaNo because it produces great works of fiction. And books by me.

I do 90% of my preliminary writing during NaNo events. Then I spend the rest of the year doing rewriting, editing, publishing, and whining. A little cheesing.

Also, NaNoWriMo supports great literacy projects, like the Young Writers Program. And some not-literary things like throwing out word vomit for a month. It’s a balancing act. With Viking hats.

If I Don’t Write, What Can I Do About NaNo?
Well, you could donate to my fundraiser. Or you can just send me coffee and sugary goodness to fuel my journey.

If I Do Write, What Can I Do About NaNo?
Go sign up! Join me in the crazy adventure, keep me up to date on your progress, and share the crazy. Then follow along here as I (hopefully), help inspire you with some prep ideas and other moments of insanity. Or, you know, just share insanity. We love company.

So who’s with me? Let’s storm the castle!

 

 

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