“NaNoWriMo is all about the magical power of deadlines. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen. Pies will be eaten at amazing rates. Alfalfa will be harvested like never before. And novels will be written in a month.”
As confused as I was by that crazy jumble of letters? Be confused, no more, but join me in marking the start of National Novel Writing Month. November may be the month of hitting the polls and tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but for over 100,000 people, it’s also the month in which to hammer out 50,000 words of a novel.
No joke, this is a real organization that’s been around for over ten years. The “What” of this ordeal is quite straightforward: “Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.” But it’s the answers to “Why” that I loved:
“The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.”
I’m not sure if my travel writing thesis counts as a “novel,” but I’m tempted to get a head start on next summer and join in on the fun that’s taking place right now…