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.