WriMo – Writing Month – a writing challenge only the clinically insane would undertake, forgoing sleep, social life, meals, and sometimes personal hygiene in the quest to write a predetermined amount of words (often 50,000) in 1 month. (For the mathematically challenged, that works out to 1,333 words a day, or approximately 5.3 typed, double spaced pages in Microsoft Word.)
I’m not clinically insane. Don’t get me wrong, my friends often wonder if I am, but it hasn’t been proven, so technically, I’m sane. Why,then, do I do this to myself? Why do I ENJOY this? Look forward to it in breathless anticipation? Isn’t one month enough? Why do I hunt down more challenges to put my stamina to the test?
What in the heck is wrong with me???
With Savvy Authors June Bootcamp almost behind me, and JulNoWriMo just 2 days away (and me woefully unprepared), you’re probably wondering why I do it. What is the point? Well, obviously, the point is to write that set number of words in a month!
I do it because I love the challenge. External goals often work better than internal goals I set for myself. Silly as it sounds, if I have a website telling me I have to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I’m more likely to meet that insane goal than to write that much in 2 or 3 months. I’m more inclined to keep going when the plot gets snarky and uncooperative because I have others cheering me on, as I cheer them on.
I love the camaraderie. JulNoWriMo won’t have local write-ins like NaNoWriMo, but it does have an online forum where I can chat with other crazy writers like myself.
I love learning new things from the forums. I’ve discovered several new musicians that I love thanks to fellow WriMos, in particular Emilie Autumn, my absolute favorite who I would travel vast distances to see in concert (have and may again.) I love the totally random knowledge people share, and being able to post, “I’m looking for an album with a cover that has 4 girls in red dresses, 1 in each corner, that play wicked awesome string music” and getting the correct response (Escala).
I love the rush of waiting for it to begin, of writing madly every day, of posting my daily progress and watching the progress bar slowly fill in (I especially like the NaNo Winner bar because it’s purple 🙂 )
I like the inside jokes, sharing funny stories that no one other than fellow WriMos would ever find even remotely funny, and the fact that I get to talk to people from all around the world, of all ages, that I wouldn’t normally interact with in everyday life.
I love the utterly confounded looks on my coworkers faces as I talk about the challenge. “Why on earth would you do that?” I LOVE it! My coworkers all think I’m slightly crazy anyway, so this just adds to the fun of it, as I come in each morning and fill in my wordcount from the previous day on my calender while they shake their heads at me in confusion.
Two more days….will I stay up late on Wednesday to start writing at midnight? I don’t know yet. I have to work the next morning, but I may write just a few hundred words before going to bed. Yes, I think I will, because I’m going to see Henry Rollins that night, and I’d hate to start the first day of JulNo behind already.