Aravis is a genius.

Over at Bee’s blog, our amiable host was talking about creativity and how she has lots of ideas but is not currently maximising the practical application of these ideas.

So Aravis suggested Bee participates in NaNoWriMo. Aravis did it last year too. If you haven’t heard of it, have a quick click.

NaNoWriMo is the online initiative where you agree to write a 50,000 word novel (or novella, if you want to be picky) in 1 month, with no shilly-shallying about quality or dithering over plot intricacies. You get moral support from the thousands of other people doing it at the same time. It forces you to buckle down with the actual work of writing and bans you from procrastinating due to perfectionist “I can’t do it until…” tendencies. Even if you never planned to write a novel, a coerced “volume over quality” approach is a great way to free all shackled creative urges.

“A stroke of brilliance! That’d rev up Bee’s latent prolificacy,” I thought.

And I don’t know about you, but the idea of being forced to write a huge wodge of fiction just for the sake of it appeals to me. I am a terrible one for being unable to do anything without a deadline. This is all very well if you’re being paid by the word and you need to get 1500 of the fellas in by Tuesday or else the income stream dries up forever. It’s not so good if you’re attempting more of a sustained creative effort, or if you want to try something totally new but never quite get round to it in case it turns out to be rubbish and a waste of time.

As well as this lazy streak, I’m also stricken with the infamous procrastination thing, where I put all my best ideas off until circumstances are “just right” – which, inevitably, they never are. I’m feelin’ Bee’s predicament.

Then it dawned on me. Every creatively-inclined person benefits from participating in things like NaNoWriMo. And if there’s one thing our own blog ‘hood is full of, it’s people with creative inclinations.

Some of us, like Radiohumper and Mark, already show our creative writing. Some of us, like Suburban Hen and the aforementioned Aravis, display our visual artworks. But many of us, like Swiss, express a slightly frustrated urge to create without having found time or suitable circumstances to do so. Some (I will spare your blushes) are such good writers, you should by all rights be writing yourself senseless already.

NaNoWriMo is designed to drag your art out of you, whether you are riddled with self-doubt or not. All are equal. One month and it’s done.

So I put it to you, blogsisters and blogbrothers, that we all join in.

What do you say?

Soundtrack to this post: American Way – Nas (featuring Kelis)