In my exploration of finding All Things NaNoWriMo Related, I’ve come to the conclusion that the month’s event itself isn’t restricted to those of us who are truly insane in our attempt to write a book in a month (or, in my case, part of a book in a month). BlogHer is challenging bloggers to write a post every day. I think that’s apt — we’re writers of all sorts after all. Here at WordPress, the Daily Post and Blog U do something similar anyway that lasts much more than a month. I tried to blog every day with the Daily Post — I really like the community there — but found some of the topics/prompts so meh. When I come up with my own writing prompts, I often find myself writing something much too long and wind up not finishing. It’s actually a challenge to keep my writing short and to the point, so I am always impressed with bloggers’ skills (especially those bloggers who write very well in a short amount of space).
Anyway, NaBloWriMo really shouldn’t be much of a (pleasant) surprise to me. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there’s also NaScrWriMo — a screenplay-in-a-month challenge. Perhaps even NaAnthWriMo, an anthology challenge where one writes as many poems, short stories, and/or essays (or a combination of all of the above because why the hell should we stick to one form or genre?). Even a NaGamWriMo for the game writer groups in which they produce an entire manual for their potential players.
That’s all well and good, certainly. However, what would be the real challenge, I think, is a NaEpicWriMo where a bunch of the truly mad among us attempt to write an epic saga, in novel form, in its entirety, in a single month. I would not be crazy enough to participate in that sort of committed writing event, but I would be up to seeing what participants actually produced.
Btw, if anyone else is doing NaNoWriMo, let me know and I’ll “buddy” you there.