In 2009, I discovered a really cool thing: November is National Novel Writing Month and the Office of Letters and Light runs this really cool project that they appropriately call NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is an open challenge for aspiring and accomplished writers alike to write a 150 page novel during the month of November.
It’s definitely a challenge, but they provide a number of really great tools to help you reach the 50,000 word goal. I made my first attempt in 2009 and made it to around 15,000 words I believe. I tried it again in 2010 and made it to around 40,000 words. Both partial novels were complete crap. Despite that and the fact that I didn’t complete the challenge either year, I still found the experience to be enjoyable and, somehow, rewarding.
If you have ever thought about writing in any capacity, you should really give it a try. Completing the challenge is great, but there’s still a lot you can learn by just participating.
I don’t think I’m actually going to participate this year (I didn’t last year either), but I’m thinking about perhaps using it as inspiration to try my hand at a short story, which may be a more realistic goal given my time and (lack of) writing skills. If nothing else, I’ll probably grab a t-shirt just to throw a little support towards a really great program.