But November marks something else...#NaNoWriMo!!
Somewhere around the fourth or fifth year I completed NaNo, this event came to mean something else. It became a celebration for me. NaNo represents a journey I've been on as a writer, and seeing a simple graph, or memories pop up on FB from years past, gives me a true sense of how kick ass of a journey it truly is.
NaNoWriMo helped me reach that first "The End". It helped me learn to reach out and talk to people online and even *GASP* share some of the work I had written.
Sure, I still have edits and lots and LOTS of revisions ahead of me whenever I finish a NaNo manuscript, but here's the thing...
You can't edit a blank page.
And you can't polish something that isn't a finished product. Because the main thing I learned from my NaNoWriMo years is you have to finish your shit.
The most beautiful first chapter on earth doesn't mean fuck all, if you don't finish the damn book. What I found in the NaNoWriMo community that keeps me coming back, was support alongside humor, like minds alongside different opinions, and all of us were in the same boat. We were all creating something new. We're all working our asses off, and when you see someone bent over a laptop clicking away in a coffee shop or Panera Bread, you feel that connection.
This is also the time of year that the NaNo haters start to surface. For every NaNo Motivation blog or YouTube video, I'll find a blog post about how NaNo is the death of good writing everywhere. *eyeroll*
There is no one way to write, and NaNo doesn't work for everyone, but I am going to have a fab time writing with my friends. I am going to double my word count on Double Up Day. And I'll probably buy the Winner shirt after I get my purple bar on the graph.
NaNoWriMo is my party as a writer, and gives me new goals for what I continue to improve on. November is my new year. It centers me and reminds me at the end of the day, it's all about the journey we take when we tell a story.
This year I'm returning to Paranormal Romance, and I couldn't BE more excited. I'm creating a new world to play in, and I've been chomping at the bit to dive in.
Head over to NaNoWriMo.org and look around. Want to dive in? Make sure you add me as a buddy. (I'm over there as Roxy Mews.)
So tell me? What kind of kickass story are you going to tackle this month?
Today is Day 1. Go get your words in. You can totally do this.