So that's the first third of the month done. I started writing this post at exactly midnight on the 11th of November, so precisely ten days are behind us here in London.
I am consistently astonished by the way people persevere, cope, thrive and triumph during NaNo. It is such an incredibly special time of the year for so many people globally. There is another number that I've added to the bottom of this blog that was not on the previous ones which serves to prove a point.
To make another one, one of my fellow Toronto writers - for there I consider to be my NaNo home, for those of you that don't yet know this - has reached over 100,000 words in those ten days. That's an average of 10,000 words a day, though she wrote the first 45,000 on day one.
People go for the full 50,000 words in one day - and several complete it. I remember seeing it done last year, and my aforementioned fellow only just missed out.
NaNo is never about quality. I've said that before, but it bears repeating. It is all about the words and the consistent writing. I myself have confirmed my target of 100,000 words for the month. I'm on target to hit 90,000, but that's not taking the flight to Toronto or the overnight event into account - more on those later.
What is so great for me is the joy that people get out of writing. There are people who are miles ahead of targets, and they are cheered. There are people who struggle to write a word, and they are cheered on. There are people who come onto the regional chat frustrated with their inability to write, and people pounce on them to offer support and pick them up.
This is a community spirit functioning at its best, and I love it.
Toronto's forum contains a day for pep talks that participants can give, and I gave one on Friday. One of my focal points was quotes about writing, and I would like to share a couple here that I put into that pep talk and which I really love.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway. I feel that this sums up NaNo, and is pretty much what it is all about, in essence.
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” - Leonard Bernstein. This touches my soul, so right does it feel. Not just for NaNo, but for how I live my life, it is a thought that has stayed in my mind ever since I first saw it.
David's word count: 31,539
Global word count: 1,074,560,700