Writing as a Team Sport

I have a confession to make. As you’re reading this I am most likely hiding in the corner of some coffee shop, pecking at the keyboard with a frenzy that only caffeine can provide. Why?  Because it’s November.

November is one of my favorite months of year for one particular event: NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 short days. This breaks down to 1,667 words a day, the final project being approximately 100 single spaced pages.

Who would be crazy enough to write a novel in a month? More people than you’d think – there are about 300,000 participants worldwide, nearly 7,000 hailing from the Twin Cities region.

This will be my fifth year doing NaNo, and I have no plans of stopping in the future. What I love most about this month is the people. Here in the Twin Cities we do NaNoWriMo together. We often take over coffee shops and book stores in hordes and write together. When somebody is falling behind in their word count we encourage each other.

Writing may be an individual activity, but in the Twin Cities we’ve turned it into a team sport. Interested in writing yourself? Join up with other Hopesters on The City and see how we’re all doing.

Like writing, there are many things in life that require individual effort, but are made better when others come along side you. What in your life are you working on, that can be made better if you let others in?

-Derek Hanisch

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