If one thought that NaNoWriMo was just an online novelling activity held every November then that would be a very one-dimensional view of the world’s largest online creative writing initiative.
No doubt it began life, almost thirteen years ago, as a lark by Chris Baty to get his friends involved in an activity which would stretch their zones of comfort while, at the same time, be tons of fun.
Today with almost three hundred thousand persons around the world writing a novel, we come across wonderful stories of wrimos who have fought oppressive circumstances and emerged victorious or regained their self-esteem which years of verbal/physical/ mental abuse had snatched away from them, because they took up the challenge of writing 50K words in one November. A wonderful therapy, of sorts.
Many, like me, found the community and resources to write a novel, when they did not know where to look. And as a NaNo ML I’ve had an opportunity to make contact with some amazing people who have become friends and at the same time it has all been very soul-satisfying.
It also conducts the Young Writers Programme in which thousands of children are provided resources to reach their creative writing goals.
The most wonderful part is that participation in NaNoWriMo is absolutely free. It is a non-profit organization and depends on donations to continue with its yeoman service. Even the goodies for the winners (anyone who writes 50K words in a month is considered a winner) is sponsored by enthusiastic companies with a view to encouraging writers.
I like to show gratitude to NaNoWriMo, to say gracias, by making a donation. There are other ways to donate too if one is short of cash. Find out more by clicking on the Donate tab when you land on the home page of nanowrimo[dot]org. Donating cash, though, makes you an angel (yes, you get a halo on your profile).
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name. (William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2014 and today’s letter is ‘G’.
Pic courtesy nanowrimo[dot]org