Monday, October 08, 2007

The Big Writing Party

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.

What do you think? Are you going to join in the party officially? Just enjoy watching all the hoop-la? And do you feed off the energy in the air, too?

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!

12 bonus scribbles:

Erica Orloff 10/08/2007 03:05:00 PM  

Hi Spy:
I've never done it before. BUT . . . reading your blog post has me on the fence. I write a LOT, but I have never just poured out 50K in a month for fun. I am seriously thinking about it.

Hmmm
E

spyscribbler 10/08/2007 04:08:00 PM  

I have to confess, I've never done it, either. Every year, I want to, but I'm always late finishing one project or feeling like I need to write one to pay for Christmas, LOL.

But I think I'm going to put my foot down this year, and declare it my off-limit month, you know? I wanna join the party!

Jeremy James 10/08/2007 08:48:00 PM  

Never done it, never will (for many reasons I've been tempted to blog about). But if you enjoy doing such things, I wish you luck!

spyscribbler 10/08/2007 09:34:00 PM  

Oh! Do tell, Jeremy! Do tell!

avery 10/09/2007 12:02:00 AM  

Nope. Can't do it. The idea of not editing myself makes me want to curl up in a ball until the month's over. And, as this is my favoritest month of the year--no can do.

Best of luck to the rest of you will balls enough to go for it.

StarvingWriteNow 10/09/2007 06:57:00 AM  

I think you're already on my list--you signed up last year, didn't you? Anyhow, I'll be there!

Bernita 10/09/2007 07:57:00 AM  

Not for me either, though more power to those for whom it is.

Edie 10/09/2007 09:23:00 AM  

It always seems to be bad timing for me. I should be finishing my wip in 3 or 4 weeks, so that wouldn't work for me this year either. But I'll be rooting for you, Spy.

Michelle,  10/09/2007 10:33:00 AM  

I love the sound of it but, no. I'm happy with my process and I'm in the middle of my current WIP. I was supposed to finish it this month, but it will edge into November, the way things are going, so I'll just cheer from the sidelines :).

spyscribbler 10/09/2007 04:42:00 PM  

LOL, no one likes Nano here! It sure is fun to watch, though. I'm gonna force myself to jump in, if I have to unglue myself from the wall, LOL.

Avery, it still cracks me up that you considered one would follow the rules. I never thought of it!

WriteNow, I can't wait! It's going to be a blast. (Getting scared, though ... but ... it's going to be a blast!)

Bernita, we all have to do the way that works for us, that's for sure!

Edie, me too! This is the first year--as long as I don't lollygag--that the timing will work. I'm so excited, because I've been watching for two or three years now!

And I'll cheer you, Michelle! Doesn't matter whether you're doing it or not. Good luck with the WIP!

Kate S 10/09/2007 11:55:00 PM  

I did it last year, but didn't finish. I think I had around 20K written. Of pure crap. :)

I'd love to this year, but I believe I'll be starting a new job next month. :( Yeah, have to give up my life of leisure and go back to work. Pesky little thing called "money" is making me.

spyscribbler 10/10/2007 03:05:00 PM  

Kate, the money thing is pesky, isn't it? I have to admit, a regular paycheck sounds like heaven to me. :-) I hope it's a fun job!