Kitkatt here. Today, I want to talk to you about what NaNoWriMo means to me. I might babble a little but just hang with me if you can, okay? Okay, let’s get started.
I started participating in NaNo in 2007 officially. This November will mark my 9th year of being an active member of the Memphis region and my second as ML. And if I’ve learned anything in the past almost decade, it’s that I can do this. Writing a book is brutally hard. But this? This crazy marathon of writing for 30 days? It’s much easier to just roll with the punches and just get the story… out.
The first year, I was absolutely terrified. I’ve never written a story longer than a few pages before, how the heck was I going to write 50,000 words at 18 years old? It couldn’t be done. And I let that thought stay with me the entire month. You know what happened? I failed. And I kept failing until 2010. But once I got rid of those thoughts? I’ve won ever year. 2010 through 2014, I have won NaNo. Because what NaNo is to me is a challenge.
But it isn’t just a challenge. National Novel Writing month is also the way I’ve met almost ever single one of my friends since 2007. I have met some of the best people I know doing November because we all bond over this madness, this race to just get something written. I work with two people from NaNo, I lived with another one, and I’ve even introduced my husband to NaNo. It’s a bit insane sounding I know but… it is what it is.
Another facet of NaNo that I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me, it’s a way to put yourself out there. Well, kinda. I’m not sure how to explain this one. It’s hard for me to share… anything with people. That might be why I’m prone to babbling and hyperactivity. But when I write, I feel like I can bring something else to the proverbial table. No one thinks like me, probably. Or maybe they do and they can’t articulate those feelings. But I can. So this is a way for me to communicate that doesn’t leave me sounding like a complete idiot. Writing is an escape and a way for me to say something. Maybe someone will hear what I’m saying and connect with it. NaNo is a way for me to express myself.
So, bringing the ramble to a close, National Novel Writing Month is a challenge, a way to make friends, and a way to really put yourself out there without sounding completely insane. While I haven’t been published yet, I know that with what I make during NaNoWriMo, one day I’ll get there. So just keep pushing, guys. If I can do it, so can you.
I promise I’m done talking now.