National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) officially begins today, with thousands of authors around the globe beginning to put words down in the hopes of reaching the 50,000 word goal by the end of November. It’s a reasonable challenge for anybody, difficult enough even for full time writers but even more so for those of us who have to juggle jobs and blogs on top of the daily writing workload.
For the first time, I’ve also decided to take part in the exercise – and I’ve been mentally preparing my plot and characters over the last few weeks in anticipation of starting today! I’m interested to see how far I will get by the end of the month, and am quietly confident that I’ll be able to cross the line (although possibly just barely!). For everyone taking part, the motivation that comes from this event is just a wonderful way to help kick the writing bug into overdrive. Although there are no prizes as such for succeeding, there is the sense of satisfaction to be gained from the producing something substantial in such a short period of time.
Some might be wondering just how NaNoWriMo fits into the topics that we cover here at Future Conscience. Well, despite the obvious reason that I myself am participating, it also highlights just how much advancement has been made in the sphere of human creative expression and communication. Not only does the event bring together many people from all over the world over a common goal, but there are also many social occassions being organised for those taking place – with wrie-ins being quite a popular way to get together with like-minded individuals and get down to thrashing out those words.
I’ll probably give you an update or two over the next month, let you know how I’m going and also to highlight some interesting news and concepts surrounding the information boom that the internet has brought with it. For anybody else taking part, have a great big dose of good luck from me!