If you’re not into NaNoWriMo, have you considered NaBloPoMo? That’s National Blog Posting Month ... one post a day for thirty days. (I only say that selfishly, ’cause some of my favorite blogs have slowed down their postings...)
I’ve been reading the regional forums of NaNoWriMo, and I am so impressed! There are lots of teenagers and college students attempting it, too. Isn’t that something?
When I was that age, I don’t remember doing anything "extra" like that. I’m just so impressed that they’re adding 50,000 words to their already overloaded schedule, in addition to their schoolwork and all the other activities students have these days. Heck, I find something very cool and inspiring in the fact that they are writing and want to be writers!
Their introductions are just full of so much enthusiasm, that I can’t wait to join in.
That’s not to say that most of the Nano-ers are young. On the contrary, there’s a wide range of experience and age and professionals and non-professionals.
There’s just a lot of starry-eyed enthusiasm to feed off of. A few of you mentioned the "inherent snobbery" in the writing community, and I just think of the martial arts. Ideally, beginners are as prized as those more experienced, mostly because that enthusiasm is priceless.
I know where I’m hanging out next month.
How do you remember that wonderful beginner’s love and enthusiasm? Or do you? Where do you get your batteries recharged?