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Let me just start by saying that Twitter is awesome. What does this have to do with NaNoWriMo? (Or what is NaNoWriMo?) Don't worry, I'm working my way there. Stay with me here.
Okay, so Twitter has become an amazing resource for me as a writer. It has all these really cool writers that tweet all the time and most (if not all) have been or are in the same boat as me, an aspiring writer - or rather an aspiring published writer - trying to carve a small space in the world of authors and poets alike.
In short, these tweeps get me. Or at least they get me enough on a basic writer level... yeah, let's go with that.
It was on said site, that I first heard the rumblings of NaNoWriMo. Of course I had absolutely no clue what it stood for, though I figured it:
a) Stood for something
b) Was related to writing in some shape or form
c) If it was writing related, I wanted in!
Being the keener I am, I headed to Google - another valuable tool that I swear I can't live without. Not really sure how I did in the past.
Anyhow, I Googled it (Who else loves that Google is now a verb?) and discovered that NaNoWriMo was actually this really cool writing event taking place in November and that it stood for
(Ha! I knew it stood for something) National Novel Writing Month. How clever!
Strutting like a proud peacock, I returned to Twitter to see what the down-low was.
(Did I really just say down-low? Wow, that was bad.)
It appeared that many of the people I was following/following me had participated in the past and a few even encouraged me to join.
Throwing caution to the wind, I quickly returned to the NaNoWriMo website and joined.
But not before I read the FAQs.
1) Takes place in November
Okay no problem there. It's pretty cold here in Canada by then so what else am I going to do? Am I right? You Canadians know what I'm talking about.
2) No entry fee to join
3) Write 50,000 words in order to complete the challenge and "win"
Uhhh, 50,000 words? In a month? Huh, that's a lot...but yeah sure....why not.
*makes lopsided nervous face* kinda like this -----> :-/
4) Finish and have the bragging rights that you wrote a novel in a month.
(Or something else less jerky.)
Yeah, that's pretty sweet.
It wasn't until the next day at work when I was boasting my newest writing adventure, that a clever co-worker happened to point out that I'd have to write 1,667 words per day. The figure is, of course, rounded up because...well...I'm not great in math but I'm pretty sure it's impossible to write 1,666.66667 words per day.
Okay...so that's like writing a short story every day for 1 month. I can do this right? Right? Hello? Someone back me up here!
Anyway this post is getting lengthy so I'll cut to the chase. I signed up. I have a little under a month to prepare and most likely I'll be spending a lot less time on Twitter.
For more info on NaNoWriMo follow the links I've cleverly put in this post. Also check out an awesome site created by Lyn Midnight called WriMosFTW! for anyone attempting NaNoWriMo 2011. (A big thanks to @LynMidnight for all the encouragement as well!)
I'm excited and nervous and really hoping I haven't just jumped in a canoe without a paddle.
(Huh...canoe...how stereotypically Canadian of me.)
I guess we'll see.