The one rule of the NaNoWriMo challenge is that you must complete an original 50,000 word fictional novel within the month of November. I intend to break that rule in two different ways. I’m a NaNo-rebel.
Since I just hit 50,000 words and the half way mark in a nonfiction project, it first seemed that I would have to miss participating for yet another year. This would be the year that I have time to give it a shot, but I cannot abandon my history project midstream. Nor would I want to give up dinner with Sir Walter Raleigh and drinks with Ben Jonson and the Gunpowder plotters and dreaming of Shakespeare and de Vere.
That 50,000 word limit would put me close to my goal though. I thought I might pretend that I had an end of November deadline, but it turns out that I won’t have to fake it. I signed up as a NaNoWriMo rebel! I mean an officially approved Nano-sanctioned rebel. They have an actual “Out of the Box” rebel thread for the misfits who insist on writing nonfiction or starting the challenge in the middle of a book and you can validate and “win” with the fiction writers as long as you honestly slog your way through 50,000 words in November.
That ripped away my last excuse. Since I’m writing historical nonfiction about dissent and rebellion in the Shakespearean age, rebel would be appropriate for me, but whether you’re writing a how-to, a cookbook, astrology text or memoir, you too can join the NaNoWriMo Rebellion.
P.S. If you like to add buddies I’m listed as Mystikel.