This year I have told a bunch of folks about NaNoWriMo. And a few I have even suggested that they do it (or twisted their arms with the promises of babysitters and pastries). I can’t make my local NaNo write-ins this year because of a scheduling conflict, so I decided to make my own. I conned five other folks that I know to come over to my house and write on Friday mornings. Then two others that have work commitments I’ve set up a time on another night.
Part of this is completely selfless. I want my friends who enjoy writing or who have a story to tell, to do just that. I want them to have a chance to get those words on paper.
Part of this is completely and totally selfish on my part. I know that if I have the time set aside that I will write. I will put words down and will do my best to work through whatever block is up. Also, I really like having a reason to buy good coffee and pastries.
I know that the idea behind NaNo doesn’t work for everyone. I even know some people that hate it with a passion. That’s fine. I’m not one of them. I like the idea of a deadline and a “win.” I like that there are others cheering you on. I also like that the days are shorter and I can write in front of the fire. There’s something about all of that I find comforting and familiar.
I want YOU to participate. I want to be your cheerleader as we dive headfirst into the words and worlds of these people. I’m offering a babysitter and pastries.