Did Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo) even imagine in 1999 how BIG AND IMPORTANT it would become for writers so many years down the line? If you’ve done NaNo you already know the feeling. But if you haven’t and always wondered what the hullabaloo was all about, we’ve got some wrimos to tell us why they took part in the world’s foremost and most fun novelling activity last year.
A WORD FROM THE WRIMOS:
Name: Sunita Saldhana
FB name: Sunita Rodrigues Saldhana
NaNo Id : Sunita Saldhana
Years NaNoWriMo done/won: 2016, 2017
I always thought writing a novel meant just writing. I mean what does writing a novel teach you? You are spilling out your thoughts and guts and ideas on to paper. The learning happens before writing the novel, right?
Or so I thought. Was I mistaken!
I learnt to ignore unwashed dishes and unmapped floors. I found friends and inspiration in the sprints and cheered every time someone reached the finishing line.
I learnt that I like to take my time typing out my story as it gives me a chance to get to know my characters a little better.
And the next time I am going to ask my characters to sign a contract that they won’t change direction in the middle of the story.
In spite of an unexpectedly heavy work load and illness, I managed 20000 odd words and 7 k out of those on the last day itself.
They say, the journey is much more enjoyable than achieving the goal and for me, this was absolutely true.
I am happy. I spoke to my characters, I fought with them, I let them run away before I got them back again. Yes, I have the makings of a good story.
But more than that, I enjoyed the camaraderie in the Wrimo India group. I have learnt a lot from them and they are people I am going to treasure all my life!
Name: Amishi Bhatha (same ID for FB and NaNo)
Years NaNoWriMo done/won: 2017
This was not only my first time at NaNoWriMo, but also my first attempt at writing a novel. Though writing a novel had always been a dream, so far I’d written only short stories and blogs. Yes, I completed my 50000 words, that too in just 15 days, and yes, I did churn out the first draft of my novel (an editor’s nightmare it is), but the best part of this month was the warm and welcoming Wrimo India community that I discovered. Writing with others during the organised sprints, with the very encouraging MLs and the fellow writers, made this whole thing achievable for me. I am thankful for the support extended by the whole community, the way we held each other up when we were down and gave the necessary push when required. This past month has been a fantastic month, where I tapped into my inner strength, achieved something that I had so far thought unattainable and found strength in working with a team.
Name: Srivalli Rekha (same ID for FB and NaNo)
Years NaNoWriMo done/won: 2017
This is my first NaNoWriMo ever I feel overwhelmed in not just participating, but successfully completing it as well. This was also my first attempt at writing historic fantasy and I got around 57k words in total (my highest ever!). Thank you, my friends in Writers Workout group and my MLs in WriMo India group who constantly encouraged me and others to keep writing no matter what. A simply thank you isn’t enough, but it is sincere and comes straight from my heart, so you’ll have to made do with it.
Name – Ankita Bhatia Dhawan
FB name – Ankita LPB / LifestyleProBlog
Nano Id – anks
Years NaNoWriMo done/won: 2015, 2016, 2017
I did 32k words this year and I consider it a huge achievement. Why? because, I was not planning anticipating at all. After last year’s experience. However, On 1st November, I signed up and began it – all because of the infectious energy of one group – WriMo India 🙂 The sweetest, most encouraging bunch of people on the internet can be found here. To know my experience from last year, head over to – http://lifestyleproblog.me/5-lessons-learnt-nanowrimo/
If the word-fairy has waved her magic wand over you, hop over to nanowrimo[dot]org and sign up. And if you’re looking for supportive company while writing, ask to be added to the Wrimo India group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430678833652316/ . Make sure you answer the questions (easy-peasy ones, so no excuses if you’re a writer).