This is entirely Kim the Librarian’s fault. She introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, in 2007 and I haven’t looked back since.
What the heck is NaNoWriMo? Is that a disease? Is it contagious? Well, a little. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing project that occurs in November. For 30 days people from all over the world write in pursuit of drafting a 50,000-word novel. Some are halo-ed “winners” for reaching the word count, and some are cast in the abyss of Internet fanfiction.
I am a perpetual citizen of the abyss.
But not this year! This year I have a semi-solid outline for my adventure, comedy story “The Adventures of Harpy and Wonder Beard.” I am actually restraining myself from writing prior to the November 1st start date. Incredible! For whatever reason this story feels different from my previous attempts. The story and characters feel natural.
I dig it.
And to plug: NaNoWriMo has an initiative for writing in libraries – Come Write In. A career goal of mine is to spearhead this program in a library someday.