#NaNoWriMo2015: Thrills, Chills, and Word Spills

Writing a novel takes more than just blood, sweat, and tears. It takes a steady dose of willpower, fortitude, guts, and maybe just a bit of delusion and a willingness to believe this is all going to be worth it. It’s timetables, word counts, cups of caffeine, and ugly-crying well into the wee hours of the day.

Now distill all that into 30 days of abject terror, self-inflicted torture, and glory. This is NaNoWriMo.

Year after year, millions of wordsmiths across the planet limber up their fingers and turn on their creative juices for one of the biggest online events of the year: National Novel Writing Month. The goal is simple: Write a 50,000-word novel within the 30 days of November or less. Novelists who reach a certain mark of progress earn achievement badges to celebrate their journey, and paste their entire finished work into the site to claim the final voctory badge as a winner. Novelists may then choose to look into publishing their work and seeing their work either on the stacks of a physical bookstore, or that of an online version.

So it goes.

The cardinal rule to writing — any kind of writing — is to just get something down on paper.

Some writers need to prep themselves for the task. for some, it’s that tall cup of coffee.

Others, it’s the perfect playlist.

And to some, it’s tooling with their font types and sizes.

When the rest of the Internet was either ranting over the political correctness of Thanksgiving or bemoaning the presence of unpleasant relatives, NaNoWriMo writers are simply ecstatic at the idea of food after a good, long stretch of writing.

Others are barely keeping it together…

And others have no idea what to do with their lives.

and there are the Olympic-level champs who do get through their goal word count.

Even hitting the halfway mark is cause for great emotions.

It gets real, real quick.

The struggle is real.

And woe betide anyone who dismisses this feat of words.

Encouragement is never in short supply.

Everyone has their own cheerleader, no matter how little.

The purpose of #NaNoWriMo2015 is to help you turn out better writing than you’d ever imagined you were capable of, after all.

It always helps to dream big.

To the winners of #NaNoWriMo2015, we give all the best salutations and commend you to the gods of writing!

And to everyone, congratulations for making it this far! We hope to see your works on the stacks or online soon! You’re all winners!

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