NaNoWriMo! The National Novel Writing Month. The one month of the year where writers from all over the world come together online and spend thirty days writing their fingers off in a mad-dash attempt to write a 50,000 word first draft novel in the time span of four weeks. That is correct. Fifty. Thousand. Words. Do you have any idea how much coffee must be consumed to make that deadline? Answer: Enough to keep Starbucks in the black until 2017
NaNoWriMo! Impossible you say? It just cannot be done? That this is the very definition of writing insanity? No! Yes! Maybe? Well you never know if anything is possible unless you give it a try. So try I am this year. I swear on the saddle of John Wayne’s big chestnut stallion Dollor am I ever going to try.
NaNoWriMo! Where the unexpected will always happen. I had originally planned on writing the sequel to The Princess Bride in the form of an incredibly outrageous medieval Spanish-style soap opera (you know, as they do in medieval Spain where the Spanish Inquisition rules…I’m all about the fan fiction okay? Fic writer and proud since ’04!). But no. It was not meant to be. Weeks of planning, outlining, storyboarding, research, post-it-note awareness, character sketches and biographies are now all just out the window. Well, actually everything is stored away on a hard-drive in my desk until December when this writing bonanza is officially over.
NaNoWriMo! Surprises around every corner. I find my mind currently shanghaied by a posse of Dead Cowboys with impressive facial hair. Why? Because when a long-dead gunslinger who happens to resemble Sam Elliott shows up with a party of Wild West deputies, wrangles, con-artists, trackers, gamblers and their horses all you can do as a writer is hush up, sit down, and start taking notes.
NaNoWriMo! The writing muse will take you wherever it may so if there is one lesson to be learned from all this it is that you will never know where a story will go but you can be sure that it is going to be one heck of an adventure.
NaNoWriMo! When writing a first draft of a novel is more stressful than trying to complete your thesis paper the night before it is due.
NaNoWriMo! When no matter how weird your storyline progresses your musical playlist is always on point.
NaNoWriMo! Where writers come together to spur each other on. No one gets left behind!
NaNoWriMo! Where write-in events are the events of the season! You don’t want to miss out in attending one because when wordsmiths gather together the creativity factor goes through the roof. Join me on Wednesday over at the Bathurst Clark library for a write-in event that is being hosted by the Vaughan Writer’s club from 6:30-8:30 pm. The call has gone out across the GTA on the official site so authors, literary nuts, poets et all will join in on the fun. Pack up your laptop, grab some snacks, fill a thermos full of something caffeinated, and get ready to write! See you there.