Ah, November. The month is synonymous with the start of the holiday season, as temperatures drop and there’s nothing better than hunkering indoors. Thus making it a prime time to work on your craft, whether it’s art, music, design or writing.
We’re also celebrating National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo which is an annual internet-based creative writing project. First started in July 1999 with only 21 participants, the project was moved to November the following year so writers can “fully take advantage of the miserable weather.” By 2010, over 200,000 people took part in the event and wrote a total of 2.8 billion words.
NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. The NaNoWriMo website provides participants, which are called “Wrimos,” with writing tips, information on where local participants are meeting and an online community for support.
While we laud writers and would-be-novelists for their work this month, we also want to feature writers on BuyMeACoffee.com who have been grinding and writing all year long. Just like anything worth doing, anything that is difficult (hat tip to Maria Rainer Rilke), writers need all the support they can get as they continue to sit down, get word on paper (or their screens), churning away stories, novels, blogs and other types of content that the world need to see.
“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
Here are some writers on BuyMeACoffee.com on their work, and may we suggest getting them a cup or two?
Whether it's a short story, a blog post or a novel, writing--just like any art--thrives best when supported by a community.