Most writers, whether they are participating or not, are apt to catch NaNoWriMo fever and a great many fall prey to its effects on Halloween. ‘Tis the night before the great marathon begins, after all. The degree to which they capitulate is the only real question and by now the overwhelming success of this annual writing marathon has shrunk the six degrees of separation framework. Most writers know someone who is either totally committed or flirting with NaNoWriMo.
For weeks anticipation has been building. Emails have been sent out; links have been shared; angst has been pouring out and the great question of whether you are in or you are out has been debated and debated and debated. By now everyone is either in, out, or on the cusp. Where are you?
If you are a writer, there’s no real reason why you can’t take advantage of this tsunami of energy, motivation, and discipline. In fact, there’s every reason why you should. If you’re starting a book, perfect. If you’re in the middle of a book, terrific. Use the marathon to push to the end. If you’re in revision, share in the excitement and to work through the revisioning process. If you’re caught up in the details of precise editing, grab your share of the discipline. If you’re finished, begin anew. There’s a world-sized community waiting to share the journey.
The clock is ticking but it’s not too late. Commit.
BOOK: No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days–Links: More about Nanowrimo here