I hesitate to even call myself one in the first place, since I’ve never signed up for the official site. Not because I think it’s a waste of time or that I’m Much Too Artsy of a Writer to encourage such Trendy Things (insert eye roll), but because for the past four Novembers I’ve had projects that were young and in need of some serious busting out. Since the projects were never started on November first and my daily word count goal fluctuates like woah, I don’t exactly qualify to do the all-out NaNoWriMo.
Yet here I am, working really hard to finish my beloved WIP by the end of November.
I feel like there are probably a lot of other writers out there in a similar position, Unofficials just like me who are truly inspired by all the writing happening this month. While the constant word count updates on Twitter might annoy some, they only make me want to work harder, because there is just something magical about the idea of buckling down especially hard just for a month to produce up to 14K of quality words a week. I mean, what fun is being a writer if you don’t experience some seriously disciplined goals once in a while, right? Good practice, good experience, fun for all, yada yada yada.
Yes, I will admit that being Unofficial leaves all sorts of wiggle room when it comes to daily word count, and also kind of eliminates the stress of “failing.” (Although let’s not fool ourselves, failure is in the eye of the Unofficial beholder and if we don’t finish by the end of the month we’ll still feel all sorts of terrible.) I also got a nice head start of 10K, which to be honest I kind of used up already after going a week without even opening the document. *head/desk*
Just because you don’t fit all the requirements of the official NaNoWriMo goal, you can still participate in ways beyond signing up for the site. Now is a great time to get caught up in the positive energy and work on your WIP, no matter its current state: old, new, in need of tuning, in need of growing, in need of change.
So to all my fellow Unofficials, I reach out a hand and say unto you…YOU CAN DO EET! (If you’re like me and sometimes need a daily reminder of said fact, sign up for our Carpool Lane email for daily inspiration and encouragement, as well as super helpful tips on staying steady in your race to finish.)
Release the hounds! It’s not too late!