National Novel Writing Month is almost here and I’ve been busy prepping and getting myself in training for this upcoming challenge. While I was browsing and searching to see what other writers were saying about the event, I discovered a new term referred to as NaNo writing rebel. Then, I discovered something unsettling to my ideal of what personal growth means to me.
NaNo Writing Rebel
To my surprise and utter shock, I found out that I’m a REBEL! I came across the term NaNo Rebel on the WikiWriMo website and it very fittingly described me. The actual description said:
“A NaNo Rebel is a NaNoWriMo participant who chooses to write something besides a novel of at least 50,000 words in November. Some NaNo rebels choose to revise and edit their novels, while others wander into the worlds of nonfiction, video games, scripts, and academic writing.”
I really never thought of myself as a rebel, particularly because the word usually has a bad connotation. If you look at their definition, I definitely fall into the rebel category when it comes to my NANO writing. But in this particular case, I don’t think I mind being seen as a rebel.
First Time NaNo Writing Rebel
My first time as a NaNO writing rebel was in 2016, the first year I participated. You can read what I documented back then in the article: In short, it tells how I was so excited that:
- I started 15 days early
- I didn’t check in regularly with the official NANO site
- I didn’t always publish my writing progress or status
That year, I actually completed the challenge 5 days early, on November 25th. But since I started writing before November, the book really took me a total of 35 days to write, instead of 30. Still not too shabby for the first attempt.
Second Time NaNo Writing Rebel
My next year as a NaNO writing rebel was in 2017. This time I was determined to start writing on November 1st with everyone else. I DID. I finished writing it and actually self-published the completed manuscript on Amazon by December 1st. The reason I’d be considered a NaNo writing rebel on this occasion is because my only connection to NANO was that I was using the same writing deadline. I made a few blog posts and several tweets about the process, but once again, I was a NaNo writing rebel. But once again I had another completed novel to show for it.
Be A NaNo Writing Rebel
I clearly did not comply with the most basic NANO rules. I guess that really does make me a rebel. Well, all I can say is: At least I’m a rebel with a cause. I’m also an honest rebel. I didn’t lie or cheat and pretend I did everything according to the rules. And in the long run, who cares? I say: Be a NaNo writing rebel if you have to. Remember, the whole point of the NANO challenge is to hopefully have a finished book by the end of November. That is exactly what I did, not one but two years in a row. If that makes me a rebel, so be it. In fact, I plan to be a NaNo writing rebel this year too!
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