NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is fast approaching. Those who participate will strive to average 1667 written words per day in November in order to write a 50,000 novel throughout the month.
When I first joined Utah Valley Writers I simply knew that I wanted to write. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I would write. I had a few projects saved on my computer, but nothing substantial that I felt I could mold into a workable novel. In fact, much of the writing I had saved on my computer were simply select scenes of a future novel.
Then I participated in NaNoWriMo. The event encouraged me to keep writing–even when I was unsure of what would happen next. I found that my creativity in those moments soared. It was also my fist experience writing with a goal in mind. Watching my word total accumulate towards, and then surpass, the 50,000 word goal kept me going.
Participation in the event also fueled my creative juices. I thought of additional ideas as I continued to write that would fuel more writing throughout the year.
At the conclusion of November last year, I had written my first novel. While I still had (and in fact still have) much work to do revising it, just having it was a gigantic leap in my progression as a writer. Before NaNoWriMo I simply dreamed of being a writer. After NaNoWriMo I felt like one, had a novel to work with, and my dream was beginning to turn into a reality.
In short, my participation in NaNoWriMo last year had a huge impact on my writing. Not only did I gain confidence, but my writing that month also fueled plenty of work for me to bring to our critique meetings. This, in turn, lead to a greater understanding of the craft as I received feedback from fellow chapter members.
11 months later, I am committing to participate in NaNoWriMo again. This year will be much different. I’m working full-time and have only a vague idea of what I’ll write. However, I hope that it will be just as influential as my experience last year.
I’d like to invite and challenge the members of Utah Valley Writers to participate as well. I know not everyone will have the time to participate. I know that some members have other deadlines they are working towards. However, if you have had the feeling you would like to participate in NaNoWriMo or just get your dream novel written, now is the time.
We will have a location here on our website to track your progress through NaNoWriMo. We will track your word counts as you enter them into your NaNoWriMo account.
To join us in our participation in NaNoWriMo, follow these simple steps:
1. Review our Past NaNoWriMo post about how to prepare here.
2. Go to http://nanowrimo.org/ to create an account. You will need a username to participate with us.
3. Create a Novel for 2014.
4. Feel free to add me (my username is BryceMonkey), and others with accounts, as a friend.
5. Feel free to join a home region, which would probably be Utah County.
6. Have your username ready when we ask for it so that we can make sure your information is updated on our webpage.
7. Once November hits, write!
8. Watch our website in November to see our chapter word count grow.
Thanks everybody! I’m looking forward to seeing who all participates with me this year in NaNoWriMo and wish everybody the best of luck!