It’s that time of year again — NaNoWriMo. All over the world, people are gearing up to write 50,000 words of fiction in the month of November. Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion.
Me, I think it’s fabulous.
(For some people, not for all. See my NaNo post from last year for a discussion of the pros and cons.)
Through NaNo, I have:
- met a wonderfully supportive community of fellow writers (you know who you are)
- learned that I’m capable of writing a full first-draft novel (and then repeated the feat, so I knew it wasn’t a fluke)
- learned how to put writing first instead of last
- participated in a huge outpouring of collective creativity that has immense power to carry one through to the end of an intense month
- remembered how much pure joy writing can be
But at the same time, NaNo leaves me:
- burnt out for at least a month afterward (which means any good habits around writing get lost again)
- with yet another messy first draft to add to my collection (being a veteran of multiple NaNos will do that)
Plus, this year I’m in the middle of the second draft of a novel (first written during NaNo). And although I tried making notes on some of my back-burner novel ideas, none of them really grabbed me.
However, last year I had to skip NaNo for Life reasons, and I very much wanted to do it this year, for the reasons I mentioned above.
So I’m declaring myself a NaNo Rebel. In November, I will be aiming for 50 hours of editing on my novel.
I’m not declaring an end goal (“product” goal) because I have no idea how far that will get me — to the end of the draft? to the end of the third draft? still in the middle of the second draft? — but time goals (“process” goals) usually work well for me. I’m excited to find out how a really ambitious time goal will turn out.
You’ll find me on Twitter, piggybacking on the NaNo vibe, doing half-hour sprints along with everyone else, and waving my rebel flag.
Your Turn! Do you do / have you done NaNoWriMo? Have you ever participated as a NaNo Rebel?