NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo

    NaNoWriMo WritingIt’s November. The month of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. About those last two … say what?

    Back in 1999 twenty-one (twenty-somethings) decided they would each write a novel in one month. That was the beginning of NaNoWriMo — Write a Novel in a Month. Last November 341,375 all-agers began writing their 50,000-word novel, 38,438 succeeded.

    According to its very cool website

    Words on the Move“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.”

    As a result of being frustrated she hadn’t finished the 2005 NaNoWriMo, Eden Kennedy  created an offshoot, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — in 2006. (As a joke actually according to the Unofficial NaBloPoMo Guide. )

    (With the blogher.com‘s purchase of NaBloPoMo in 2010 it is now a monthly event. However, for the sake of the article, I’m focusing on the November angle which is still considered the “Big” month for it.)

    Crossing the Finish LineFor all you writers and bloggers who are doing one or the other (or both), here’s a huge round of clapping and cheering, hollering and foot stomping, woo-hoo and yippeeing as you all crank out hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of words this November. (Cumulatively, of course.)

    May the Muse be with you all. Good writing and HAVE FUN!!!!

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    Julie Chenell DeNeen - November 6, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Love these words doodles! So cute!

    Tana Bevan - November 6, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Yay for Doodles! Woo-hoo!

    Yay for Julie as she pursues November 2013 NaBloProMo!

    Tammy - November 6, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Tana, love the doodles (nothing new there)! I’ve participated in both and can honestly share that the only great thing I got out of it was getting to know my fellow writers as we bitched, squirmed and eeked out the words that would justify our anguish. Some of us met our mark, many didn’t. But all of us benefited from some pretty awesome sharing and friendship making.

    Tana Bevan - November 6, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Tammy — Doodle compliments always graciously appreciated by me, and cause for celebration by the doodles. *smiles*

    I participated in NaNoWriMo last year. Discovered my fear of missing the mark prompted an open throttle. If memory serves, I had my 50K words in less than two weeks … then nothing. I burned out. In hindsight, while glad I did it (because now “I know”), I discovered the letdown/adrenaline crash lasted longer/was more intense (and outweighed) the euphoria of “meeting the mark.” This year I am participating in a strictly “cheering them on” capacity.

    As for adding to my circle of friends, it never occurred to me. Perhaps the crash wouldn’t have come (or it would have been less intense). No matter. The thing about 30-day challenges is, win, lose or draw, you always get something out of them, even if it isn’t want you expect. After all, it was “failure” of NaNoWriMo which led to creation of NaBloProMo. May the Muse be with you as you write!