You know what that means.
I guess it depends what circles you run with.
Not that this particular circle will be running much in the weeks to come*.
They will be at their desks. Pen in hand. Keyboard under fingers.
And they will be writing.
That’s right, it’s National Novel Writing Month, the month where the writer in your family refuses to eat, shower, form full verbal sentences, or sleep any more than absolutely necessary**
It’s one of my favourite times of the year. Not only does it bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas (we Canadians have already indulged on our Thanksgiving Tofurkeys by then), but it’s an opportunity to overcome any obstacles that have been preventing me from writing until then.
Brain goes off, fingers go on. No editing, no stopping, no looking back until December 1.
To be fair, I participate in a few NaNo camps throughout the year, but they’re not quite the same. Camps allow you a certain flexibility. You can choose your word count (or how many hours you want to put in), you can work as a team to pump up your stats. NaNoWriMo is the original bad boy. Just you and your word count. You against your characters (I would say with, but we know better). Hitting that 50k is a sweet sweet rush, and managing a “The End” is richer than that piece of dark chocolate you’ve been saving.
So I hope to see you there! Find me on the NaNoWriMo site as Ravens_Quill and send me a friend request. We can cheer each other on as we reach the November 15 mid-way hurdle.
*I do not actually advocate giving up your exercise regime during NaNo. It’s important to get away from the computer and get the circulation moving again. Getting stuck in writing position is painful
**sweet mercy get some sleep and take a shower. No one in your family deserves to see you in that condition. Besides, everyone knows the best ideas come when you have shampoo in your hair and no notepad nearby. Take advantage of it!