Thursday, October 7, 2010


MWIM Every year I’m amazed and inspired by the productivity and creativity surrounding National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.) If you’re not familiar with it, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month. You can log your progress online, participate in forums for different genres, and receive motivation, support, and encouragement from other writers.

Unfortunately, I never seem able to participate because I’m in the middle of a manuscript (to technically follow the rules, you’re supposed to start a new project), but I feed off of the creativity and excitement of the participants and lurk in the forums pretty frequently, too.

Interested in participating in NaNoWriMo next month? Here are some posts that have run recently to help you get prepared:

9 Ways to Prepare for the National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo starts right here, right now Planning for a Writing Push NaNoWriMo (main site)

Actually, I find inspiration in a lot of other ways too:

Bad books as inspiration. (Because I don’t want to write that poorly.)

Good books as inspiration. (I’m amazed at the author’s skill.)

Watching plays or going to a concert for inspiration.

Music as inspiration.

Housework for inspiration. (I don’t want to do it and I’ll have to start vacuuming if I stop writing.) :)

Taking a walk for inspiration.

Virtual interaction with other writers for inspiration.

In-person interaction with other writers for inspiration.

How do you find inspiration? And are you interested in participating in NaNoWriMo?