I have officially joined national novel writing month, aka Nanowrimo. I have always been a curious lurker around this November writing madness process. This year I decided to sign up because it's been years since I've written a novel. I've written several screenplays and some short pieces since my last novel, but I have been feeling the call to write another book lately. So I'm taking one of my screenplays and using it as an outline. I had already been considering this screenplay should be a book, so now I've got the incentive to do it! I've already started and I'm curious to see what I'll have at the end of the month!
If you sign up also my Nano name is Missy12345. Add me as a buddy and we'll cheer each other on! You don't have to be a writer to do this, you only need a desire to try something crazy and a willingness to keep at it for 30 days. 30 days is what's generally considered the time it takes to form a new habit. So if you sign up for this, whether you're a writer or not, being disciplined while engaging with your creativity will be a habit by the end of the month. If you don't think you're creative that's okay - maybe even better, because developing latent sides of ourselves is one of the best ways to grow ourselves. I think this could be a fun way to get something out of your head that you can't let go of, perhaps as a way to heal the past. It could also be a good way to recharge your writing batteries, or your passion-for-life batteries in general. If you have a desire to do something, I promise you'll be fired up to do it once you finish a novel. It doesn't need to be a good novel (who can write a good novel in a month?), it only needs to be a novel. The feeling of accomplishment and that you went for it will be one you won't forget! Not to mention thousands of writers and non-writers will be joining in, so you'll be sure to feel supported and energized by the feeling of community.
For more go to the nanowrimo website, and don't forget to find me there!