I once again participated in the NaNoWriMo and once again I was able to hit the 50K word goal within the thirty days. I have not as of this date, 11/30/2016 finished the story but I am also not done writing it. I'm going to expect it to be around Dec 8th or so? Give or take a couple of days for me to be done but the goal is 50K words and I made it. Yippee!
That might have sounded a bit sarcastic and it probably was I mean writing a novel in 30 days? I will say I am glad that, like Christmas, it only comes once a year.
This year was a lot of firsts for me with NaNoWriMo. I attended my first ever write in with the fine people of the High Sierra Writers at a Home Owners Association building which was great. It was supposed to be in the South Reno Library but there was some sort of scheduling mix up and the room that was supposed to be used was double booked so thank you whomever got us the new space. Awesome!
I feel a little let down by the organizers of NaNoWriMo and I'll share why; First we didn't have an Official Municipal Liaison for the Reno/Carson City area. I was a bit shocked by this. I am not someone that is a joiner but this is one of the things that I feel needs support and I think the Liaison person is important. I might have looked to see who was in the NaNo last year, sent an email to everyone on that list saying 'Hey we need you'. See if anyone steps up. I know that NaNo has my email address because they never hesitate in asking for my donations throughout the year. Why couldn't they send out a request for help?
The second thing is I don't feel that there was a lot of participation on the part of corporate NaNoWriMo. In past years there were sprints, Twitter postings galore, emails, a lot of support for the month in getting people motivated. It felt like to me that there was one Saturday that there was a lot of conversations on Twitter but it was only for that one weekend. It also oddly? Corresponded with their fund raising weekend. Coincidence? I happen to be a little jaded to think that it was.
Third and last thing? The group here in Reno seemed to only have that one event via Twitter that I saw. Now granted so there is full disclosure here. There is a Facebook group, I am not a fan of Facebook. In fact I attempted to join Facebook and after a few days my account was disabled and they wanted proof that I was who I said I am/was. I am pretty sure I am still me so it was annoying. Needless to say at the moment the account is still disabled. Anyway, after that Saturday it seemed that the people in Reno stopped being interested. There might have been more word sprints but they weren't on the NaNo page so I honestly can say I really don't know.
Writing is done for the most part alone, in a dark little cave where the voices in the head of the writer keep him company. I know I have a 'Muse' that is a voice in my head and she comes up with some of the most bizarre as well as scare the vinegar out of me stuff to put into my stories. Seriously, I do NOT want to meet my Muse in a dark alley, after midnight, after I have had a drink. I am pretty sure she could take me out.
After all of this? Yes I plan on doing NaNoWriMo 2017 God willing and the creek don't rise. I will not being doin their summer camp thing and if there are any youngsters that say they would write if only they had the right type of encouragement. Well my email is at the bottom of the website so email me.
We writers write in the dark, some of us use the glow of the laptop at 4am to write the dark things that live in our minds. Me? I write to get the stories out of my head before the pressure is too much and there are words splattered all over the place.
Wrimos? thank you for writing and posting on Twitter I enjoyed reading you.
Now, anyone want to read my story? I'll read yours without a red pen even.