Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Time to Start Thinking About NaNoWriMo Again

Every year at this time, I start thinking about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it’s more affectionately called. For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a yearly challenge that takes place from November 1st through the 30th. The goal of the challenge is simple—write a 50,000-word novel in thirty days.

I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2007, and it was an experience I will never forget. Aside from the stress of trying to write 1600-2000 words a day, there is something really freeing about the challenge. You have no time to self-edit, second guess or look back. You just write—every day for thirty days. NaNoWriMo is a great way to give your writing skills a workout and a tune-up at the same time.

For the past few years, I told myself I was too busy writing for Comic Book Resources, Secret Identity, and now the blog you see before you to participate in NaNoWriMo. I’m busy this year as well, but I’m starting to think I need to make time to participate this year, as there is really no other experience like it.

Back in 2007, I wrote a Lovecraftian, B-horror movie style tale about an evil cult that was trying to bring their god from another dimension into ours. It was a lot of fun, and I swear I’m going to go back and do something with that story in the future. This time around, I really have no idea what I want to write about. I’m thinking of taking some comic pitches I’ve had sitting around and writing a bunch of short stories. I also have one issue of a comic written that could be a good jumping-off point for a novel. I’m not sure yet, but the more I think about it, the more excited I am about taking up the challenge this year.

By the way, if you want to know more about NaNoWriMo, check out their official website at http://www.nanowrimo.org/.