Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it happens during the month of November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel starting on November 1 and ending before the clock ticks over to the month of December. If you’ve ever had any inclination to be a writer, this is an awesome way to get yourself writing!
How does it work? Well, you create a profile at http://www.nanowrimo.org. This is not where you will do the actual writing. Where you write your novel is up to you. The profile is where you will post you word counts during the writing process. There are forums on the site where you can engage with other participants and get encouragement and/or inspiration. There is even a Young Writers program where teachers can lead their students through the month of writing. In 2017, more than 400,000 people participated! That’s a lot of writers!
Why am I bringing up NaNoWriMo now? It’s May, and this writing event happens in November. Well, recently, I came across my flash drive that contains my writing from NaNoWriMo. That’s right! I participated in this fun event. I’ve mentioned here before that I’ve always wanted to be a writer, thanks to my extreme love of reading! This event was my chance to see if I could do it. There are two stories on my flash drive. One is dated 2009, and I did not remember this story when I opened the flash drive. As I read through it a bit, I had a vague recollection of putting it together. The other story I clearly remember writing, although I’m not sure what year it is from. It was probably either 2008 or 2010.
After finding the flash drive, and reading through the stories, I began to wonder if I should do something with this work I had spent so much time on. Should I work on them? Should I edit or rewrite them? Maybe I have a best seller! Ha! That would be fun! But, I definitely caught the writing bug again. I decided I would go through the stories and edit mistakes and see if I need to rework anything. And then, who knows? Maybe it could get published! That would be very exciting!