It’s NaNoWriMo, Bitches!

That’s right, today, November 1st, 2008, is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those connoisseurs of syllabic abbreviation.

But what exactly is NaNoWriMo, you ask? It’s a “guerilla novel writing” initiative, one to help motivate lazy people such as myself to sit down and hammer out that idea for a book that we’ll start “one day.” As their website says, “NaNoWriMo is all about the magical power of deadlines. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen.”

The idea is to write a 50k-word novel from scratch in a month’s time. Because if you’re limited on time, you’ll focus on cranking that book out rather than on endless self-editing.

Usually, deadlines are what get me into action. If I’m given a task with no sense of urgency, it will never get done. That’s just how I’m wired. But if you tell me I only have 30 days to write 50,000 words, then betcha by golly wow, I’m gonna do my damned best to meet (and beat) the challenge. Furthermore, I’m looking to write more than 50k — I’m shooting for 80k. 😉

So, what’s my novel going to be about? I don’t know exactly. All I know is that it will be set in the world of club and nightlife promoting. Something I’m very familiar with. I’ve had a few characters bouncing around in my head, and I’ve got a great opening scene/chapter/prologue/whatever.

So that’s what I’m working with and I plan on developing the characters and plot from there. It’s not an ideal process, but NaNoWriMo isn’t supposed to be. It’s more motivational than anything else. I don’t expect the Great Amerian Novel to come from this. Then again, who knows?

I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on my progress. And while I think it may be too late to sign up now, you can still check out the NaNoWriMo site to see what’s up and how it’s all put together. Okay, enough of this blog shit … I need to get started!

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2 responses to “It’s NaNoWriMo, Bitches!

  1. Sounds like you’re off to a good start. They say, “write what you know” — which is wasted advice on me, since I don’t know anything — but I’ll bet it’s good advice in general.

    A friend of mine who writes about her childhood heard this from her mother: “Remember when I told you to write what you know? Stop it.”

  2. Me too! Altho I only started yesterday so I’ll be lucky to get the 50,000. You’re shooting for 80,000? Wow. Good luck!

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