So Camp NaNoWriMo starts in April. About 2 weeks from now, writers the world over will be frantically scribbling words and drafting novels.
I personally love the concept of NaNoWriMo. Blaze Tuesday started out as a NaNo novel, and look at where that ended up. Actually, Pathogen: Patient Zero also started life as a NaNo novel.
I know from experience that the editing process on a NaNoWriMo novel can be twice as long as a regular work because of the frantic pace. But, I love the frantic energy of NaNo anyway. It gives me something to work towards. A concrete number of words every day. A goal that I can track and a sense of urgency. Not to mention the mild frantic pull of competition.
Yes, I imagine that NaNo is somehow competitive, even though I don’t compete with anyone directly. I dunno, it always seems like a contest to me.
Anyway, despite everything that has happened to me, I’m still (likely) going to participate int he NaNo events this year.
I’ve been doing NaNo for 4 years, so it seems unnatural NOT to participate.
But it’s also the sense of community that I get from it. The sense of participation.
And heck, two of my soon-to-be published works started life during NaNoWriMo and Camp. So why not?
And if you’re wanting to write but not sure where to start? Can I suggest doing your first draft during a NaNo event? You might surprise yourself.