The more NaNoWriMo grows, the better it gets

NaNoWriMo 2012 StickynoteWhen I first did NaNoWriMo in 2009, it was by no means a small group of participants. It had already spread across the globe and was pretty darn awesome. But I feel like in the past three years, NaNoWriMo has grown and evolved in a way that has garnered more recognition and notoriety, increasing the organization size and participant base even more.

This is probably very obvious to most people, but the thought didn’t occur to me until I stated searching for NaNo calendars for  my computer background. In past years, they are pretty standard calendar templates with some encouraging quotes, word counts to meet, and occasionally witty suggestions.

But this year when I went searching, you know, just to see what’s out there, I discovered that the cheerful, simple calendars had changed just a bit. Now they are tactical as well as encouraging, and offer quite a few more options for personal daily minimums.

I was particularly taken by the calendar to the left by David Seah. As one commenter said, it’s like “productivity candy.”

Seriously, the obsessive-compulsive box checker in me is loving this. And better yet, he even offers it as a free download on his site. Go there, download, and print out immediately. This can only benefit you.

Another favorite (also to the left) actually uses the very classic template that I used when I won the first time. That might be why I am partial to it. The simplicity mixed with bright white and quotes keeps you awake, at your computer, and chugging right along.

And the one on the right I found very enchanting in it’s portrayal of a writer’s desk calendar. I’d imagine that if I had a paper desk calendar sitting on my desk rather than hanging on my wall, this is what it would look like at the end of the month.

It reminds me of a Where’s Waldo search and find because of all the little details hidden throughout that you won’t see until you’re sitting at your desk, staring at the word count willing the words to appear so you can meet your daily quota…. Ahh NaNo, how I’ve missed you.

I’m also a big fan of the images that have been circulating. I mean, how does David Tennant not motivate one to keep writing?

Oh that face! Those eyes! That hair! Pardon my swoon. But seriously, I might have to print this one out and post it right above my desk.

And then, there is this picture of a typing rhino that just cracks me up. You can’t have a productive, enjoyable NaNoWriMo without a lot of humor and light-hearted, mental breaks.

I am so impressed with how NaNoWriMo has come in the fast few years, and so very eager to see where it goes from here. With such a phenomenal community and dedicated group of leaders, I don’t see it going away any time soon. And thank goodness, because what else would we do during November?

And with only a few days left until the start of NaNoWriMo 2012, I want to wish everyone a big, enthusiastic good luck. It’s a crazy challenge to take on, but with the right materials, frame of mind, self discipline, and an amazing community, I’m sure there will be record numbers of wins this years!

So, my friends, as all hallows eve approaches and we’re tweaking the last bits of our outlines, I want to wish you


And may the words be ever in your favor


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