According to National Novel Writing Month organizers, in November 2009 more than 30,000 writers completed a 175-page (or 50,000-word) novel by midnight November 30.
Why? Because sometimes you need to stop obsessing over the details and just write, write, write.
On the NaNoWriMo website it states:
…The ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and–when the thing is done–the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
Of course, few of these novels actually get published, but close to 60 have made it to bookstore shelves.
Tonight NaNoWriMo participants in the Twin Cities are heading to Nina’s Cafe in Saint Paul for a kick-off party. People are asked to bring gently used books to donate as part of this year’s fundraiser.
A while back MPR’s Euan Kerr attended a couple of NaNoWriMo meet-ups in the Twin Cities and had this lovely story.
So, are you ready to take on the challenge?