NaNoWriMo Approacheth

by d

November is coming.

That’s nice, D, you’re thinking, but I already own a calendar. Or, more snidely, Yeeees, because -November- comes after -October-, which comes after…? September! Good girl!

Ah, but something special happens in November. Does your calendar know that November is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo? Well, it is! Every year, tens of thousands of people across the globe (yeah, I know, it’s actually INTERnational…) attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. They are all more than a little insane, and you should steer clear of anyone you see at a coffee shop frantically jabbing away at a laptop with an ever-growing mound of empty coffee cups around them.

This is relevant to you, the reader, because several members of Subterfuge will be attempting it this year. Some of us have done it before, some of us have won, and some of us have never tried it. Either way, we’re going to have a lot of fun. This might mean some delays in the Subterfuge editorial process, as F and I are both involved.

We’ve also signed Subterfuge up for NaBloPoMo, the challenge to blog every day in November. It runs every month, and we’ve signed up previously and mostly succeeded. It’s a tiny motivating factor to make sure there’s a post every single day.

BUT. In November, they give away actual, physical prizes. So, stretch your fingers, gang! If we win (anyone who completes the challenge is in the raffle) we will split the spoils with whoever publishes the most posts, thus contributing to our total. 

There are also some interesting topics surrounding NaNoWriMo. For instance, how many women participate as opposed to men? For that matter, how many of the participants who get published (and they do get published) are male or female?

What benefits do women, particularly, derive from the experience? Women of all walks of life are trained to cede to the needs of others, but NaNo requires that we remove ourselves from the hubbub of daily life and focus solely on our own projects. There is a sense of freedom and accomplishment in this, as well as lingering guilt. (Then again, many people welcome the chance to sneak away from Thanksgiving festivities.) Mothers, career women, SAHMs and students come together to enjoy the madness and produce something, a piece of fiction that ultimately is a little piece of them. It’s very personal and very, very empowering.

If you want to join us, feel free. If not, please be there to drag us, blinking and coming off a caffeine high, back into the usual routines of December.

We who are about to write salute you!

2 Comments to “NaNoWriMo Approacheth”

  1. Long time lurker, first time replyer… 😉

    In my NaNo region (Sacramento) we have considerably more women than men participating, and it seems to have always been that way. Not sure what that says about us, but I did find it interesting.

    Good luck hitting 50k! I’ll be writing along with you!

    (BTW – Thanks for posting about NaBloPoMo, now I’ve signed up for that as well!)

    • Hi Sero! So glad you decided to squeak up! 🙂

      That’s really interesting about Sacramento. I don’t think my NJ region is quite as polarized, but it’s hard to tell. I can’t find any stats on gender. Methinks I need to email the OLL, but they may not even know, since that’s not even an option on profiles.

      I’ve definitely seen a trend in all my writing classes and groups–the majority are women. Sometimes it’s a big gap, sometimes not quite as noticeable, but I’ve yet to be in a group that has more men than women.

      So many fascinating questions to ponder!!

      Good luck to you, too! 🙂

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