Many of my friends and fellow writers are now buried in NaNoWriMo, trying to produce as many words as possible in one tremendous month of effort. I salute their dedication and commitment from afar. Constructing a novel in a month takes a special batch of skills. You either are very good at outlining your plot ahead of time, you possess boundless imagination that never fails, or you simple write fast and never run out of words. It seems like a combination of those talents are necessary to a successful NaNoWriMo. I can do none of those things, but I can and will cheer for you from the sidelines.
I definitely enjoy seeing all the people shouting out on twitter, their blogs, and on AQC. As we are reminded in so many places, it’s not about the destination. It’s the journey. Where writing is usually a solitary endeavor, NaNoWriMo not only encourages a flow of words and ideas, it creates a joint sharing of the pain and triumph. It can surround writers in a sense of family. Their work becomes bigger than a single person as they encourage others. I may not get to 50,000 words in a month or even 5,000, but I’ll be joining you in shouting out my smaller accomplishments.
Good luck, writers.