Like almost 200,000 other people I am participating in Novel Writing November, wherein the writer begins on November 1 to write and aims to generate 50,000 words by midnight on November 30th. It’s madness, it’s overwhelming, it’s fun. This year is the fourth go-round for me. I haven’t participated since 2007. Oddly, this coincided with the last time I only had a part time job.
This year for the first time I am surrounded by writing pals who are also participating in Nano, and it’s been helpful so far. I have people to commiserate with. I have colleagues to talk shop with. I have the spur of seeing their word count and knowing that they, too work full time and may have children as well. It’s a good thing.
My Nano experience has always been solitary. I couldn’t swing the coffee shop gatherings, the nano mail, the writing buddy thing. It was all I could do to write the words I needed to write that day. But this year my experience reflects my new community, the writers I have met through SCBWI, classes I have taken and the critique group that has endured, sometimes very sparsely populated, for almost two years. I’m so grateful for all of them, for the sense that what I do matters, that I am working and that so are my peeps. I’m totally adding the awesomeness tag to this blog post. And then will become a word machine. Cheers!