Monday, November 10, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: Hitting 23k and Feeling the Love


Ten days into NaNoWriMo 2014, and I'm at just over 23,000 words. Remember last week when I posted about my annual Pre-NaNoWriMo Freak Out? Well I have another annual tradition as well--the mid-November "I Am So Freaking Glad I Signed up for NaNoWriMo This Year Exclamation of Joy."

But seriously, it's so worth it. Even if I stopped today, I would still have a huge jump on the fourth book in the Parted Veil series, just as I'm about to release book three (Lovecraft's Pupil).

But what's even better than cranking away on the new book is the totally amazing, supportive and wonderful people that make up the NaNoWriMo community. I've said it before, but they are the real reason I participate in both NaNoWriMo and Camp Nano. Not only are the message boards over at the NaNoWriMo site and the Twitter hashtag #NaNoWriMo filled with daily inspiration and great writing tips, but anytime I'm struggling with my own project, I just crowd surf that amazing community. Any post about struggling or needing support is immediately met with your own personal cheering section, picking you up and urging you forward until you hit your word count. It's really amazing, and it makes this event so much fun to be a part of.

I love giving support just as much as getting it, and after I hit my own goal for the day, i like to hop on the twitter hashtag and interact with others, offering support where I can and just basking in the awesomeness of that community.

If you happen to be participating in NaNoWriMo and haven't yet engaged with the community, I really hope you throw yourself out there. It's the best part of the whole experience.

Oh, I almost forgot--I'm considering doing an entire season of the See Brian Write podcast dedicated to NaNoWriMo, and featuring interviews with fellow participants of both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. Stay tuned for more on that.