Started by author John Riddle nine years ago, it’s an opportunity for everyone to write something – anything – be it a poem, a letter, or a story. Young people are especially encouraged to write, and the website has suggested writing exercises for children. More than 20,000 schools participate with events and activities.
For those who are knee-deep in NaNoWriMo, struggling to get their requisite quota on the page in order to meet the 50,000 word goal by November 30, one day devoted to writing a little something is only a weensy drop in the bucket. But for those who are just starting out, have been stuck, don’t know – or care – about NaNoWriMo, or have always wanted to write but never jumped in, it’s a great chance to participate in all that extra writing energy floating around today.
Can you feel it?
There is always a holiday if you need one. Every day in November – and every other month – is some kind of national or world holiday. There are some really silly ones, of course. This month you have World Toilet Day, Have a Bad Day Day, Name Your PC Day, Mickey Mouse Day, and Push-Button Phone Day. Who knew?
There are some good ones, though. Tomorrow is International Day for Tolerance (though one day hardly seems enough!). Last Saturday was World Kindness Day. The first of the month was Give Up Your Shoulds Day. Naturally, I like Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (11/8), and Homemade Bread Day (11/17).
And you may want to celebrate Stay Home Because You’re Well Day on 11/30.
But today? Join the mass scribbling. Write something. Anything.