National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, is an annual challenge in which participants attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words in one month. This event takes place every November, and is totally free. While you are writing, you can attend local events with other participants as well as network with buddies online.
So why did I decide I wanted to give NaNoWriMo a try? Well, it all started while I was sitting on the couch working on my typing speed. I like watching TV shows or movies and challenging myself to type everything the actors are saying. I type around 70 words per minute right now, not near fast enough to record everything said, but whenever I fall behind I just cut the sentence off and start with whatever they are saying presently.
Anyway, this particular day I started absentmindedly typing a random story, making everything up on the fly. I was mostly concentrated on the TV, but I was involved enough that the story I was writing made some sense, though it was disconnected and rambling. Inside the odd ramblings I realized there was the potential for a really cool story in some of the ideas I wrote down. I thought about how I might go about writing the story, and did some googling.
One of the top results was NaNoWriMo, which I was familiar with but have never participated. I glanced up at the date on the computer and was excited when I realized the event was starting in just a couple weeks. I immediately went to the site and created an account. Since then, I have started preparing a loose outline for the full story as well as preparing my support network.
This blog is a part of my NaNoWriMo goal. I am mostly making it as a way to record my experiences throughout the month, but I think I might keep the blog going for further writing adventures (maybe some non-writing adventures as well). I have no plans to monetize this content or create tons of random links to products. It’s just for fun.
So anyway, that is how I got here. More to come soon, I can’t even say how excited I am for this project!