So, if you’ve registered for NaNoWriMo you should be set up and receiving lots of emails offering merchandise to get you in the mood. More important you should also have a decent idea of what book you will draft your 50,000+ words for. If not, now is the time to buckle down and make sure your diary for November makes sense. And if, like me, you’re on the third idea for a book maybe now is the time to stop thinking and start plotting!
Meantime, I thought I’d share my biggest surprise from NaNoWriMo 2013 with you – if you’re a new participant, read on…
The social side of writing
For me the biggest surprise with NaNoWriMo (apart from being pleased my preparation let me get to 50k (and beyond) well inside the time) was the social side. The website sets you out by country and in the case of England by county. You soon feel a sense of identity as a group and wait for your group to hit first one million words then two and so forth. There are also get-togethers (write-ins) where someone arranges for space in a library and people turn up for an evening or Saturday afternoon and write as a group. I managed to discipline my own time but can imagine it being really helpful for people to spend time with others reaching for the same goal.
There’s also encouraging group topics on the forum, and my town even started a group that has stayed in touch in Facebook. I didn’t do NaNoWriMo for the social side but it is there and could be a great way to meet people if you are new to an area.