Hi all of you NaNo's and future NaNo's out there! What is NaNoWriMo? Simple simple. It stands for National November Writing Month. It is an incredible way to get your new book or just a conglomerate of short stories written that have plagued the back of your mind, begging you to write them down. You go to http://nanowrimo.org/, sign up (no worries, its freeeee), and set a writing goal for yourself. Normally it is around 50,000 words for the month. Give or take a thou or so. It is totally up to you. Then you write and post up your tally for the day to keep yourself accountable. Reach your goal and YES! You win! What do you win, you ask? Sorry, the prize is not a million bucks (but wouldnt that be so cool?). You win that self gratification that you did this and you have a book, or at least the beginning of one, where you didn't have one before. If you don't reach your goal, you still win. How? You started that darn thing. You have probably put it off forever and now you are so much farther along (further? farther? dang gotta look that up again) than you were before NaNoWriMo started. I realize I filled you in on this amazing tool five days after it began but you can still start. If you want to wait and get your notes together or find that perfect word prompt to get you going, there are other months that they do this. There is this incredible thing called Camp NaNoWriMo that comes along at different times of the month and I have to admit, I love these. You sign up as usual and then you get assigned, get this, a virtual writing cabin where you write along side other NaNo's and you can even make your own cabin with friends or with writers of your genre. Great Minds Think Alike but they also help keep us accountable. What I really love about this is that I try harder to meet my word count goal since if we all meet it, our whole cabin wins. Bonus!
Write what's in your heart right now. Even if it is just a paragraph on how your cat just missed that last jump from couch to coffee table. Do it for yourself. You are the writing critic most important to you.
OK, there is my rant (good rant) for the evening. Back to writing for me.