See this new badge?
That’s right! I have the privilege of being one of the Co-MLs in my region – in its brand new, inaugural year.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am for NaNoWriMo. Last year was an absolute blast. I really wish I hadn’t taken so much time to actually participate. I’d heard about it for years, and I’d always wondered what it would be like…but I never had the courage to actually try.
The greatest advantage to NaNoWriMo is the community. Have you ever heard that writing is a lonely profession? That’s because it can be. I mean…other than the imaginary people that traipse around our heads. I was a lone writer for years, all through high school and through college. I never went out to find anyone else who had the same interests or who knew what I was going through.
Then I started following some writing blogs, which led to finding writing communities. I stayed on the outside, on the fringe. It took me way too long to actually participate in any of the communities though.
Then I joined NaNoWriMo. That was the first writing group I’d ever been in where I had face to face interactions with other writers. And it wasn’t just people who were like me, there were teenagers, college students, mothers, and fathers – every kind of person imaginable. But there was something that connected all of us and made us into a united group.
Writing can be a lonely profession, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be. Any of you thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo? Do it! Even if you don’t make the 50,000, there’s a benefit of finding others in your area that will encourage you to continue writing.
So what are you waiting for? Let me know if you want to be writing buddies!