NaNoWriMo started this week

I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the past 7 years. Well, this will be my 7th year, not including Camp NaNo in the summers, which I usually only do half-heartedly.

I had to look that up. Every year feels like the first year because it’s new and exciting, and I get nervous about word counts and holycrap50000wordscanIevendothat. I haven’t been successful every year. But for at least 50% of them, I’ve knocked out 50k or more.

I should back up. NaNoWriMo happens every November. Hosted by the Office of Letters and Light (btw, if they ever need a Salesforce admin, I happen to know a gal), it’s an annual mad dash to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. In actuality, it can be anything. Novel, poetry, fanfiction, novella, short stories…whatever. The point is to write. Every single day. And to not worry about editing.

It’s like a safe and responsible form of reckless abandon.

It’s an exercise is not second-guessing every little thing that you do. Do you not do that? I do. All the time.

It’s a somewhat social event, in that you can be social if you choose. There are online forums and regional groups that might host write-ins and weekly meet-ups. I’ve never been to one of those. Never could work up the courage. Go me!

It’s getting back to the roots of something that I really, really enjoy, outside of the necessities of doing it for professional purposes (no offense, blog, ILY.)

So anyway. There it is. Don’t be surprised if, in lieu of useful information about Salesforce, you see a bunch of excerpts over the next couple of weeks. I have 50,000 words to write.