This month I’m visiting a place that no human being has ever set eyes on. I have a rough itinerary set out and I know a little about what to expect of the place but that’s all I have.
This marks the sixth year that I’ve done this sort of thing and every time I do, I begin my journey with just as little planning and organisation. The freedom is exhilarating and those seven years have changed my life. I can’t imagine ever skipping this ritual now.
I should probably explain this better: I haven’t booked a trip to a remote part of the world. I don’t intend to become the next Bear Gryls. In fact all my travel will take place sitting down in my office and my ‘travel agent’ is an organisation called ‘NaNoWriMo’.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’ll have heard me talk about NaNoWriMo a few times.
If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo before then I’ll try a one sentence explanation: NaNoWriMo or ‘National Novel Writing Month’ is a community-based event for writers (both total amateurs and professionals) in which each member is supported on their way to creating a full novel/50,000 words within the month of November.
With the support of the NaNoWriMo community I’m currently writing my tenth novel (sixth NaNoWriMo novel). The final stretch is in sight. It will be hard, I will exhaust myself (and probably my family too as I run ideas by them).
Loads of support for writers
This is as close to a creative version of a marathon as I can imagine, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Not only are there message boards on the NaNoWriMo website itself but you can also call on writer’s support over on Twitter by following the hashtag #NaNoWriMo.
If you’ve missed your chance to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, you don’t have to wait all the way till November 2020. NaNoWriMo also has regular virtual writers ‘camps’.
As with the November NaNoWriMo these are free to participate in (though they welcome donations) and the community is there to help motivate you, console you, and help in countless other ways.
As always, thanks for reading, all the best, John