It’s the start of October and as always, I start planning and plotting for what I’m going to write for this year’s NaNoWriMo. While I revel in the high of writing, trying to squeeze some hours of writing when I can and trying to purge the story I have in my head, I never once talked about the good things that NaNoWriMo has given me.
NaNoWriMo was the first event that I went where I got to meet people whom I met online. I’d always thought that writing was a solo thing and that there weren’t people out there who are like me. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong and there they were, spouting quotes from Monty Python, Terry Pratchett and internet memes. For once I could talk about something and not get blank looks.
NaNoWriMo gave me a chance to be part of a writing group. I got a story published and was party of a group effort in publishing a novel.
If it weren’t for this annual thing, I wouldn’t have met the wonderful friends I have now and through them, I met so many more awesome people. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have discovered things that I love doing (even though I don’t have much time for them anymore), things that made me discover who I really am and to not give a fuck about what others think of me.
So yeah, NaNoWriMo is awesome. Not everyone understands why I love it but to each their own.