NaNoWrMo starts today and I'm not participating. That fact feels strange. For me, NaNoWriMo was the event of November. This year I'm a no show for a number of reasons. First, I'm in the middle of a WIP that is chugging along quite sweetly and another 50,000 words might just be a problem. And, while I love NaNoWriMo, I think the best compliment I can give it is that I've outgrown the event - it did its job and thank you!!
NaNoWriMo is a fantastic event and because of that I hung around a few years longer than I probably should have. But I loved the fun and hype of the online community, and the fact that it always raises money for worthwhile causes.
NaNoWriMo provides a community where the habit of writing every day is painlessly acquired. If you're a writer and you aren't sitting at that desk every day - do NaNoWriMo! I can't stress enough that if you have a competitive edge at all you'll push for that 50,000 words. I know I did. I still remember that first year, I had over 50,000 words that took five months to straighten out, but I did it!! And in the end - does anything else matter?
And on another take on shifting gears I discovered a fiction contest that piqued my interest. A story in thirty words. Interested? I know I am. Check it out at Smokelong Quarterly.