Sunday, November 1, 2009

NaNoWriMo

Okay, if you thought I'd fallen off the planet before, this is just going to make it worse! The month of November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It's a crazy time where people from all over the globe sit down and spew out a 50,000 word book between November 1st and November 30th.

I first heard about it three or four years ago. The idea of it appealed to me, as firm deadlines and tight constraints tend to bring out the best in me. It's when I have as much time as I need and an unlimited budget that I wallow about and find a bazillion other things more interesting to do. The idea behind it is that you just write. And write and write some more. Leave the editing for December and just commit to putting words on paper. Or hard drive. Everyone who completes it is declared a winner, and the prize is the ability to brag that you wrote a novel in a month. Of course, it'll probably be complete drivel, but hey! You did it! You wrote a book!

I've never really had the chance to do it because I ran a drama group where the biggest production of the year was for Christmas. Which meant November was filled with rehearsals, costume fitting, set construction, and prop procurement. No time for writing. Practically no time for showering! But this year is different. I have no big show to pull together, and cross fingers, we aren't moving any time soon. So why not jump in and do it?

I toyed with it for a few weeks, and then asked my oldest friend and writing buddy from high school if he was going to do it. And just hours before November 1st, he decided he was in. So, I'm in too. Which means I have to get in roughly 1,700 words a day to make it to 50,000 by November 30th. Which also means I need to spend less time blogging and more time writing my novel!

But I won't leave you completely dark for the month of November. Instead, I'll just post a single photo every day, along with my word count of how close I'm getting to the peak of that 50,000-word mountain. Encouragement is always appreciated! It's a very different type of writing for me - I write sketches and plays that are all dialogue, or I do copywriting, which is very thoughtful and precise. Writing a novel in a month leaves no time to dwell too long on finding the absolutely perfect word! Just put the words down and keep plugging along. It should be fun. Excruciating fun, but fun all the same.

And hey, it's not too late if you want to join in on the fun! Head over to the NaNoWriMo site and check it out for yourself! It's more fun with company!

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