"Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart longs for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. " ---W. B. Yeats
That is my mantra for next month, when the fog rises and I follow my muse into foreign territory. For a full 30 days, I will join millions, well not millions, more like hundreds of thousands, of writers from all corners of this earth for quite the social experiment.
I will be a
NaNo NaNo...No I am not channeling Robin Williams as Mork; thank you for that compliment.
Well, what exactly is NaNo then? You've most likely heard about it from some writer friend on Facebook, or you saw a sign at your local coffee shop advertising itself as a NaNo Write-In hot spot.
NaNo in a Nutshell
NaNo is the writer's way of referring to National Novel Writing Month in November, thus the NaNoWriMo. For this non-federated 30-day-long celebration of writing, there is a web-based community rightfully named NaNoWriMo where writers can come together to write their words. NaNoWriMo features forums where writers share ideas, character names, research for topics like Mexican drug cartels and the mythology of giants.
**Now you have an idea of what kind of story I'm diving into!
Winner, Winner, but No Chicken Dinner?!
There are prizes involved, but not much more than the sheer pride you'll receive when you've written a novel in a month.
That, my friend, should be enough. Most people can't write the novel of their nightmares in a lifetime.
However, there are always those writers out there who are attracted by the blinding gold of financial gain. Plus, sponsors help to pay the server bills for the NaNo team, so they typically offer discounts for NaNo winners. I scored 50 percent off of Scrivener a few years ago after completing 50,000 plus words that year, not to mention there is always some company offering a free printed copy of your NaNo novel **with stipulations of course.
So, there are other perks.
And, like all organized situations, there are rules:
- You must write at least 50,000 words. Anything less? Not counting.
- You must write said words starting on November 1 at 12:01 am and ending at November 30 at 11:59 pm. Anything before and after? Not counting.
- You can use whatever medium you want for writing--your diary, a three-ring binder, your belly skin, that stack of napkins you stole from the local bar. However, at the end of the month, you have to have those words pounded out in a computer program so they can be beamed into your NaNo account. Otherwise? Not counting.
So that's why I am flexing my fingers a little bit more this month, prepping them for the marathon of flying fingers that will come to call on the eve of Halloween.
And that is why I will steal lots of my 6-year-old's Halloween candy--fuel for the fingers when they refuse to move after those 10,000 word sprints.
And that is why my search history involves the following terms:
- Films similar to "Trollhunter," which might I add is an excellent flick if you like trolls or Norwegian folk tales
- Images of murders by Mexican drug cartels and narco tanks
- Information on Mayan mythology and Teotihuacan and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
- Variations of "Alice in Wonderland"
- Hand stitching, as in stitching portraits and other works of art directly into your skin
So if I go missing in the next few weeks, you know why. Either NaNo ate my soul and left me a weeping pile in front of my computer screen, or the Mexican mafia have hunted me down and dismembered my body starting with my fingers.
Will you be joining the NaNo Universe with me in November?