If you navigate to the “About” page on the National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) website, you will find this brief, but meaningful statement:
“National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.”
Perhaps the most personal part of this introduction is the implication that your story matters rather than just a story.
NaNoWriMo encourages participants to write about anything they wish, but the emphasis here is on the voice telling the narrative. Your voice.
100 people could tell the same story over and over again. But…could anyone tell it quite like you, with your inflection, your memories, your understanding, or your personage?
This is why your story truly matters. Your personal voice and idiosyncrasies affect the timbre and texture of narratives, putting a one of kind fingerprint on otherwise recycled stories.
With this in mind, consider the collection of books set up next to the NaNoWriMo Display on the first floor of McCain Library. Each one was either:
- Written by a person who wrote the book during NaNoWriMo and became a best-selling author
- Deals with narrative and the re-telling or re-writing of fictional and/or actual events
- Re-tells familiar literature in a new way -OR-
- Reveals the power and impact of narrative and different voices retelling that narrative on and throughout generations and communities.
If you would like to participate in our weekly NaNoWriMo meetups, click here for more information.
To go to the NaNoWriMo website, click here.
Happy Writing & Narrating ✒.