NaNoWriMo Day 23: Rules

Last day of work until December 5th. I’m a little behind on NaNoWriMo, but I intend to spend my free days in November finishing my NaNo and getting to 50k words. My story arc is complete, but I won’t be writing the entire story out as a narrative before the end of November.

That always makes me wonder: what is the “true spirit” of NaNoWriMo? What was Chris Baty’s intentions when he proposed it back in 1999? To me, it seems the purest of NaNoWriMo is to just start writing on November 1st and get 50k words by the 30th.

But everyone has their own version of how they do NaNo. Now, Preptober exists to make NaNoWriMo more smooth – and I applaud it. But even if someone started November 1st with no prep, and just wings it – that’s fun because that’s what I did on my first NaNo. It was exhilarating.

Don’t let anyone tell you what NaNoWriMo is or isn’t. Just fellowship with other writers, something that I find exciting. Writing is a solitary activity and NaNoWriMo is a boon to overcome that.

Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Word count: 36277

Photo by Andras Fritschek

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