Midnight tonight marks the two-week countdown to the start of this year’s NaNoWriMo insanity. Thirty days of frantically pulling words out of nowhere and throwing them onto a page whether or not they turn out to be the right ones. The scramble is to create a complete 50,000-word novel in 30 days – an average of 1, 667 words per day.
Nobody expects it to be quality writing… not even moderately good writing. The achievement is in getting story basics out of our heads and onto paper. To do so we need to lock our Internal Critics away for the duration and ignore the temptation to fix or edit anything until after midnight on November 30th or until we rack up the 50,000 words, whichever comes first.
Not everyone sees the point of participating… of deliberately writing something that is bound to be less than our best work. What about you? On November 1st are you going to join in the craziness of NaNoWriMo 2009?