I’m getting excited for November. There’s a change in the energy around the world. I mean, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Isn’t that the coolest?
Children, fathers, mothers, presidents, sweethearts ... they get a day. We novelists get an entire month! Okay, I know it’s not an official holiday, and unfortunately we can’t get a month off of work for it, but ... it’s still exciting!
Thousands of people will be writing. When I’m sitting in Borders, typing away, thousands of people will be doing the same thing. I do realize that thousands of people are typing away with me when it’s not November, but ... somehow, it’s different when Nano is at full speed.
Part of the energy of Nano is the permission to write crap. The goal is 50,000 words, the rules are crap is okay and no editing. We’re not supposed to be perfect.
We’re just supposed to embrace and remember the energy of the Noble Amateur, of the old-time Olympic warriors who pursued excellence for the love of the game and not for the love of the buck.
It’s like a big, month-long party to celebrate writing, to celebrate novels, to celebrate words.
In the spirit of the Amateur, I want to write something just for fun. I’m thinking of X-ing November off my calendar, and making it a once-a-year tradition that every November, I write one novel just for me, just for fun. No matter where I am in my career. Just to remind myself why I love this game.
If you join in, will you tell me your username? It sure would be inspiring to me to have a little list-lounge in the sidebar to pop by each other’s pages and encourage each other. I can just feel it; we’re going to have a blast this November!