Thursday, October 05, 2006
NaNoWriMo is coming
Something fun is about to take place: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short) is approaching. NaNo is a world wide write-fest in which participants attempt to knock out a 50,000 word novel starting on November 1 and ending on November 30. Only prose penned for the first time in November is allowed - no pre-written material. This year about 75,000 people are expected to take part and less than 20% are likely to finish their novel. It's like ... er .. marathon running for writers. So I'm 'in'. Complete madness, I know. But sometimes you should just spend time doing something really silly - just for the sake of it. Be a kid again (for a while).
Don't expect anything exciting to come of this particular literary venture. As the blurb for NaNo says, "Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down." If you finish, and are really lucky, you might have something worth spending the next eleven months turning into a passable novel - but don't bank on it!
Anyway, I have a bit of planning to do this month before I launch into the write-fest on 1st November. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
On your marks ...
Well, the writers are all ready. Thinking time is nearly over and in just over 48 hours tens of thousands of writers will start writing. This afternoon, eight of us (including Andrew) met up at the Arts Centre in Christchurch, talked about writing, NaNo and what we were all doing. Then we listened to "AJ" (our 'Municipal Liaison' guy) giving an interview on National Radio. If you want to you can find the podcast here at: http://www.radionz.co.nz/podcasts/artsonsunday.rss (at least for the next two or three weeks - look for for the item "(Inter)National Novel Writing Month".
We have all been given our instructions; "don't log on to the Internet, don't read email, no instant messengers, if you blog, don't - in fact, for November, any time spent at a computer when you are not writing, is wasted time." So, if you don't hear from me for a while, you will know why and if you find something here that makes even less sense than usual, then I have probably posted part of my novel in the wrong place!
See you out the other end (unless I fall of my bike at the first corner).
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Ready ... steady ... type.
Another five hours and it will be heads down, ready, steadyeee ... Type!
I am starting with not a great deal of confidence that I will be able to keep up the pace or won't run out of words. But, hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say (who was it came up with that one?)
Anyway just to make me more embarassed to fail, my "NaNo Meter" is over on the left so everyone can see how I am doing (or not). And, if you haven't the faintest idea what I am talking about, then you haven't been reading these pages for a while so go and check out NaNoWriMo - I am on my way towards that elusive 50,000 words and being one of the 15% who make it.