So all my social media is a buzz with NaNoWriMo things.
A lot of confusion and indifference.
Personally, I am a fan of National Novel Writing Month. It gives me a social community of like-minded individuals in my city. Most of these people I wouldn’t have met without the NaNoWriMo meetups and stuff, so I can’t complain about that. I also love NaNo because, well, it brings out the super competitive streak in me. I’m ALWAYS competing with other people, to get published, to get noticed, you know, the nature of writing. But NaNo brings out the competition in me even more, I see these word counts climbing and I want to get mine there, too. I want to have my word count meter thing way up there, over 10k, over 20k and so on. It’s excellent visual motivation to see my friends and writing buddies climbing that ladder and I want to be there, too!
However, I also know that NaNoWriMo is not gonna produce a perfect piece of work right out of the gate. There’s a lot of revising needed after the fact. Especially when you set a huge goal for yourself.
I’m an over achiever, I never settle for 50k words. I shoot for more, and I usually achieve what I aim for. So that motivation is an excellent thing.
I write every day, there’s no denying that. I write and revise and work very hard to create stories with the intent of publication one day. I also write for Zombie Training Magazine. I find that NaNoWriMo is an additional excuse to write every day for a month. It makes it a habit to write daily, and that is what so many writers need — motivation and the suggestion of a habit.
So yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo. 2012 marks my 4th NaNo, and my first 2 Camp NaNo sessions.
I also finished a spec TV script during Script Frenzy but didn’t validate it, and I have written a spec film script last month.
All of this stems from the habit of writing every day that NaNo instilled in me 4 years ago.
So, for those of you about to write? I salute you.
Kai Kiriyama lives in Calgary with her pet snake Rhaegar and her laptop.
You can find her on the NaNoWriMo forums under the name KaliYuga.
You can read Kai’s Zombie articles at http://www.zombietraining.com
Kai’s Twitter: @thekiriyamaheir
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