After a few days time of pondering, I decided today I will participate in the 2009 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). But I am not going to write a novel. So that leaves non-fiction, and labels me a rebel!
Over the previous nine years of NaNoWriMo, enough people have rebelled to warrant a separate special area in the online forums. I would have been a rebel anyway, but it's reassuring to know I'll be joined by others.
I've chosen non-fiction because I want whatever is produced by the end of the month to be something I've always planned to write, even if it is a first draft.
My procrastination to write a book is just as common as the novelist participants; I've always planned to write a book, but it's never gotten off the ground. NaNoWriMo motivates me to attempt to reach the goal and win by writing 50,000 words.
Other things I like:
- Anyone and everyone can be a NaNoWriMo winner
- It only lasts one month
- I'm writing with others, virtually
- I can write anywhere at any time during November
- It costs nothing out of pocket
- The time spent is well spent
- Even if you "lose", there are fringe benefits
Personally, some things I hope to gain:
- Prove my idea is a good one (or disprove it)
- Write a lengthy draft at the fastest speed possible
- Force myself into a daily writing regime, hoping this will ignite my blogging and continuous writing
You may ask, what is my topic? Well, the conversation would probably go something like this,
You: "So you're a non-fiction NaNoWriMo rebel huh? What's your topic?
Me: "Oh... I see what you're after - get your own topic!"
If you've ever planned to write anything - novel or otherwise - consider NaNoWriMo this year.