It’s that time again: NaNoWriMo 2016!



By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

November is finally upon us. And for writers, either latent, self-deprecating, over-critical, secret, repressed, introverted, or guilty of years of unbelievable procrastination—it’s a time to come together in community to commit to working towards the goal of penning 50K words, or drafting a novel, or whichever comes first. (For many of us, it’s usually only a few chapters, perhaps a short story, or worse better, a handwritten letter to a penpal overseas.)

Whatever the case, November has proven to be the monumental month a group of creative wordsmiths can freely and actively come out of their dimly lit work spaces into the light of communal motivation.

NaNoWriMo, for those unaware of its acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month—because that’s what writers like to do—write unbelievably long and exhaustive titles for projects and events that can and will perpetuate the very act of writing (and hopefully later, readership).

Hence, the term NaNoWriMo, which sounds like an interstellar, galactic space station, or else otherwise a new Pokemon character. Take your pick. It could very well be either. Or both. Either way, it’s left to the imagination and workings of the writers that join.

But, it isn’t only a commitment to writing. NaNoWriMo hosts its writing communities at write-in’s where people are encouraged to drop in at certain locations and times to write.

Since a majority of writers tend to be introverts (I can attest to that myself), preferring the privacy and solace of their books to having to socialize with people in a highly energetic fashion, a write-in provides a quiet (and sometimes not-so-quiet) alternative to meeting other people who share a common passion, if not disposition—and still be able to work on one’s own creative writing, the often-times elusive craft.

It’s a comfort. It’s a communal writing takeover…well at least for November.

(If you’re already part of NaNoWriMo and would like to be my writing buddy, my username is ZarasLibrary. I’d love to have you on board!)


Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo before?

Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

What are your writing goals this month? A novel? A novella? A short story? A book of poems?

Have you ever been a part of a NaNoWriMo write-in? What did you enjoy the most about it?


Pens ready? Go!




Author: zaraalexis

Writer. Bibliotaphe. Fountain Pen & Stationery Addict. Lipstick Junkie. Justice Advocate. Wife. Mother. Warrior.

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