Hello, writers! As I’m sure you know, today is the first day of December. Another NaNoWriMo is here and gone.
To wrap up this year’s November, I thought it would be appropriate to write an open letter to the entity that is NaNoWriMo. (Okay, it’s more like a thank you note. It’ll be fun, I promise.)
Thank you for the yearly challenge to try something crazy. Your dare is irresistible, and your community is so welcoming that I can never say no.
Thank you for helping me expand my mug and T-shirt collections.
Thank you for a third year running, and a “lifetime wordcount” (from three novembers) of over 95,000 words.
Thank you for connecting me to a couple writers in my area and many many writers online. For building a community of support and friendly competition and cheering each other on.
Thank you for reminding me that I can fit writing in my busy everyday life. And also for letting me have space to focus on homework when I needed to.
I may not have hit 50,000 words this year. (That was so 2015.) But I did make friends, and cheer people on, and introduce myself to a new story, and meet unexpected characters, and have a blast writing and planning and being a writer.
I’ll win again some other year, but for now, I have a novel to finish writing. And another one I want to get back to editing. I’ll see you next year.
// alright, lovely writers. I’m off to take a nap for about four years. I’m a bit exhausted from a million papers and 25,000 words. I’ll see you next week. //