Today kicks off National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, a collective mad dash to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
According to the site, NaNoWriMo is “celebrating ten years of literary abandon” this year. Hey, there’s even a viking helmet!
NaNo’s official swag shop says the logo, emblazoned on t-shirts and coffee mugs and other fun stuff, “boldly proclaims your November literary ambitions while connecting you to a writing lineage that stretches back to the 50,000-word Norse sagas penned by sensitive, coffee-drinking Vikings on the backs of walruses.”
Well. Now you know.
I have in my possession neither a viking helmet nor a walrus writing companion (nor a NaNo t-shirt or mug, but if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, I would prefer the walrus writing companion), but even if I did, I wouldn’t be able to join the literary hordes in plundering and pillaging the world of words this month.
Sad But True: Top Ten Reasons Why Sarah is Grounded from NaNo
- My friends and family already hate me for going into hiding over my current work-in-progress
- My Mac battery is acting all wonky, making it impossible to write in coffee shops and complain loudly and publicly about the trials and tribulations of being a literary superstar (aka “Kind of a Big Deal Around Here”)
- NaNo would seriously cut into my Facebook face time
- My husband will leave me if I keep coming up with excuses for why I don’t have time to shower
- My agent will kill me if I start working on something else before turning in book 2
- My editor — yeah, ibid on book 2
- I’ve just about forgotten what the sun looks like
- I don’t have enough leftover Halloween candy to get me through the 1,666.7 words-per-day output required
- I don’t have enough wine to get me through the 1,666.7 words-per-day output required
- I forgot to pay the idea fairy this month, so I won’t be able to work on anything new until December 1, and then, only if I pay her double plus interest
But alas! Just because I can’t get m’ NaNo on this year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! If you’ve been waiting for a sign from the universe to start that novel, let this be it! Go to NaNoWriMo.org and sign up now. I’ll be cheering from the sidelines for all of you adventurous writers, and I’ll be checking in on your progress via NaNo’s community forums, WrimoRadio, and author blogs.
So? What are you waiting for1?
1. Yes, T.S., I’m taking to you!