なんの？What of NaNoWriMo?
In recent years, November sees two important events, which I’m surprised have not encouraged male writers to try and do both simultaneously. NaMoNoWriMo could work, I’m telling you. You heard it here first!
So, why is the world going mad for writing in November? Because the amazing creators of NaNoWriMo made it so. Also, we’re all inherently creative creatures. We’re lucky that literacy is seen by most governments to be a compulsory education, and because of that, we’re able to use our language skills for instructing, learning, entertaining, and above all else, communicating. It doesn’t matter what we do with what we write, or read, it all leads to communication.
So far, I’ve written more about NaNoWriMo than I have for NaNoWriMo. I need to get my typing skates on, but not before I want to let you know why I’m doing it again, despite never having finished before. I see NaNoWriMo as a brilliant platform for raising awareness about the importance of literacy. Any platforms that support writing and reading directly supports literacy.
For writers like me, NaNoWriMo is a great platform to kick off ideas, and to feel part of a community, knowing that there are loads of us writing. My debut novel, Sun: Queens of Earth was published earlier this year, but it had started its life at NaNoWriMo two years ago.
Try and imagine a world without language, without the ability to communicate, and you’ll find it to be a dark place where basic animal instincts prevail. Let’s celebrate one of the most important and unique human traits this month. Let’s celebrate our ability to communicate, and support individuals and organisations who are actively ensuring that this ability is nurtured for future generations and never taken for granted.