What Makes You Ecstatic About Nanowrimo?

Today’s guest is also the main admin of the Toronto Nanowrimo website, Errol–who is also already a winner with over 50, 000 words!

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Back in the day, I learned about NaNoWriMo from a Fan Fiction site. It was the most awesome challenge ever and even though I was horribly late, I signed up immediately.

It changed how I did things. It changed how I approached creative projects.

However I am not here to talk about that. I am here to tell you to grasp joy.

Do you remember when you first heard about NaNoWriMo? Do you remember the trepidation, the elation, the first time experiences that brought about the determination to continue doing NaNoWriMo?

Or are you going through it now?

I utterly love NaNoWriMo. I do it every year, and there are so many aspects that I enjoy that I am willing to write songs, craft pep talks, socialize in chats, draw cartoons, anything because it’s a crazy time that I want to celebrate!

And I hope there is some aspect of Nano that gives you that same joy. Or at least did. And if you have ever experienced that elation, grab hold! Remember it! Don’t take it for granted!

If you are having problems, if you are losing motivation, if you’ve lost your drive, remember the encouragement. Remember why you are doing this. Remember the joy you have when writing.

Not that this means it can’t be frustrating. Not that this means it’s not hard work.

But there is something that keeps us doing this. Hold on to that. Never take the good things you enjoy for granted. Celebrate it! Rejoice in it!

Remember that quote from Simon Pegg about geeks?

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. … It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

I am a geek about NaNoWriMo. I will talk to my friends about how awesome it is and not be ashamed of my excitement.

Find those things that make you ecstatic about NaNoWriMo.

And then go finish that novel. πŸ™‚

Bio: Errol Elumir has done NaNoWriMo for 7 years. He is the co-creator of
Nanotoons, he is the co-writer of the
NaNoMusical and he has written 50 thousand
words in 24 hours.

When not fanboying about NaNoWrimo he writes geeky songs
and eats rice.

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About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on November 16, 2012, in Nanowrimo, Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Nanotoons and commented:
    I was asked to write a pep talk for Nanowrimo and so here is my Thursday’s Ecstatic Pep Talk of Fun! πŸ˜€

  2. I’m a NaNo Geek too! Great pep talk, Errol. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Everyone,

    I’d just like to say a big thank you to Errol for posting this and to everyone who commented and linked to this post. Happy Nano, everyone!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    ~Dianna

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