…to write of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; of cabbages and kings…
My friends, the time is upon us. Midnight marks the beginning of the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo, the summertime counterpart to the wonderful November event we’re all familiar with (or should be).
This June, I will embark on yet another attempt to write 50,000 words, although I’m secretly hoping to be interrupted by starting a new job. But don’t tell anyone. Wait – tell anyone who has a job for me, okay?
I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for three years now. The first, in 2009, produced the rough draft of TLDTC. The second was a failure, which saw me switching stories in the middle of the month, and falling short by several thousand after Thanksgiving derailed me. 2011 gave me The Paper Flower, a techno remix of characters from my previously abandoned attempt.
What I’m trying to say is that NaNoWriMo is the reason I’ve found my passion for novel writing, and the reason I was able to muster up at least a little bit of the dedication and drive to keep at it when I thought I was going to scrap the whole darn thing and burn my hard drive for good measure. I had never written a piece of long fiction before NaNo, and now I can’t stop even if I wanted to.
For those of you who are skeptical about being able to force that many words out of you frazzled brain in one month, take heart. Use Camp NaNo as training wheels for the main event, with its thousands-strong community of incredible, inspirational, insane fellow writers.
I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Obviously. So if I’m a little quiet over this next month, this is the reason why. I really want to push the first draft of SZ-K forward, and I can’t think of a better way. Look me up at jenjiyana42, and join in on the fun!