Wait! Don’t go! At least not yet. It’s not November. And anyone who’s spent much time in the writing world knows that November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo for short. Even shorter, NaNo. Funny that we get lazy and call it NaNo since the whole idea is anything but lazy. Seriously, fifty thousand words? In one month? That’s crazy! And yet, it’s not.
I will admit I haven’t committed to NaNo for this year yet, but I will. I have a special place in my heart for NaNo. It was about this time three years ago that I decided (for real) I wanted to be a writer. I’d seen a small blurb in one of my fashion magazines about this NaNo thing and it was the final sign the universe was trying to tell me I should totally go for it. (Earlier in the month, I also had a three hour layover in the Houston airport where I spent most of it at the bar at Pappadeaux’s talking to a self-made businessman about wanting to be a writer. His response? “Why not?” Plus, I’d recently turned 40, so why the heck not?)
There’s something blissfully freeing about NaNo. You get to write 50,000 words of garbage. I didn’t know how crappy my original words were, but I didn’t care either. I also was not about to send off query letters to agents and editors come December 1st either. I’d learned that much about publishing in my first ignorance-filled foray into writing. But there were some gems hidden in there. Diamonds that needed some polishing. And I’m still proud of what I accomplished in November of 2008.
I haven’t decided exactly what my November novel will be about other than it would be a YA romance. I’m not a genre hopper. Not yet, anyways. But if I were a genre hopper, NaNo would be the perfect time to try it out. It’s kind of like window shopping and trying on that fabulous pair of shoes that you really don’t intend to buy. Sometimes you decide those shoes look much better on the display than they do on your feet. And sometimes they feel so right that you can’t bear to take them off. And if I meet my NaNo goal this year, I’m rewarding myself with an awesome pair of shoes. Like maybe one of these…