Have you guys heard about this cool group of online nerds called NaNoWriMo? It’s short for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an organization of folks that get together (in real life and online) during the month of November and they write first drafts of their novels. It’s 50,000 words in 30 days and it’s kind of insane. But also, amazingly popular. This year there are almost 300,000 participants (of course, not everyone finishes, but still).
I heard about it years ago, back in high school (which is now more than 10 years ago…eep!), when a friend of mine attempted it. I thought it was sort of crazy, sort of cool, and promptly forgot about it. But, this year, I thought hey, why not? I’m only working part time, after all, and I do like to write. And, I thought, it might be a good way to exercise some creative parts of my brain that I don’t use too often.
Anyway, if you notice the blog being a little neglected this month, comments going unanswered, a few less patterns going up, that’s what’s happening. I’ve only just started, and I don’t know if I’ll reach my 50,000 words by November 30. And even if I do, I have no doubts that story will be way to terrible to let other people see it. But, I thought it was a cool concept, and a great way to get my creative juices flowing in a totally non-crafty way.
What do you do to stretch your creativity?