Illustration of the NaNoWriMo badge, showing a Venn Diagram of 30 Days, 50,000 Words, and 300,000 writers coming together to form NaNoWriMo.

The official NaNoWriMo Web badge. Linked to the NaNoWriMo site.

Oh hey, it’s October! That means that National Novel Writing Month is next month!

I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo since 2003, so it might seem odd that I’m writing about it. But while it’s never been a very good event for me, I love the idea to death.

The best thing about NaNoWriMo is that it forces you to move quickly. There’s no time to edit. No time to doubt yourself. No time to worry. You have 30 days to write 50,000 words, and if you want to finish then you’re going to write several thousand words every day no matter what.

That sort of motivation can be empowering! And for some people, its the kick in the pants they need.

And while I might not personally participate, I do love the book No Plot? No Problem!, by Chris Baty, who’s the founder of NaNoWriMo. It’s admittedly designed for NaNoWriMo. But at its core, its about different ways you can rapidly break through writer’s block, even if you have no idea what to write next. It’s an interesting read no matter what you’re writing.

Are any of you participating this year?