Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Doing the Nano

The Nano is not a new dance. Nanowrimo, as it is known, is short for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every year in November when anyone who wants to challenge themselves will sit down and attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days.You don't get a reward other than a pat on the back and the right to put a "Winner"  plaque on your website. For a writer, though, just getting through 50,000 words is really reward enough. That's what we all want, to get those words down somehow. You can imagine those hundreds of people all scribbling and tapping away every day like industrious little mice chewing through the walls. Some meet up and commiserate with each other. Others just suffer in silence. It's not an easy thing to torture your brain into letting loose of those ideas and hammering them into words.

Nano doesn't require you to be good. All it asks is that you write. Then later you can admire your work, toss it, or sit down again and polish it, correct it, change it. Nano challenges all those procrastinators who tell themselves they are going to write something someday. Nano says, well now, just go on and do it. See if you can. You don't know until you try.

So, even if what you wrote isn't that great, it is something. And it might become something better someday if you keep at it. Keeping at it is what Nano is all about. And they encourage young writers to get started. To find out more, you can go to www.nanowrimo.org.

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