Week of Geek: NaNoWriMo is here again!

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Hi again Geeklings!  Hope you had a great Halloween and got lots of treats with just a few tricks.

So today I was pondering the fact that November is kind of a weird month.  Halloween is over.  Christmas is still, like, two months away, though you wouldn’t know it, what with the stores putting out their holiday wares, commercials starting to air and even TV shows getting festive.  Seriously, I was at a friends house, she had the TV on mute in the background and it was a holiday baking show.  It was November 4th!

So what to do if, like me, you miss Halloween and may love the holiday season but it’s way too early to start celebrating.  What do you do with a month like November, smack dab in the middle of two major polar opposite holidays?

OH!

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NANOWRIMO!  How could I forget?  A writer’s go time!  Where we pump out 50 000 words and write like caffeinated squirrels.  THAT’s something to work on during a lull in the festivities.

For anyone not yet in the know, NaNoWriMo is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month.  It began back in 1999, though that first year it was held in July.  By 2000 it had moved to November to take advantage of poor weather (which we’ve had in spades the last few days).  The goal is to announce an idea for a novel and then spend November writing 50 000 words of that novel.  You’re not trying to finish it, you’re not trying to edit it, you’re not even trying to make it good; you’re just writing, just getting the bulk of the words out.  You can worry about finishing it and making it awesome afterwards.

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For people like me, who’s preset mode is always ‘lazy’, having a deadline is a great kick in the pants.  I participated in my first NaNoWriMo last year, and I’m at it again for 2018 (though, truth be told, I’m already behind.  Womp womp.)

50 000 words seems a little daunting?  No problemo.  NaNoWriMo also offers the Young Writers Program.  It’s for writers from little to teen, and you can set your own writing goals.

So I encourage you all to get writing.  There have been a lot of published novels that began as NaNoWriMo projects (including one of my all time favorite books).  But, even if you aren’t planning on writing a whole novel it’s always a great thing to get inspired and try some writing, be it poetry, non fiction, blogging or whatever you like.

Happy writing everyone and until next time, End of Line.

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