National Novel Writing Month
Contributing author Lisa Cron and the good folks over at Writer Unboxed reminded me that November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, in case you’ve seen the acronym flitting around the pages of late. I’m not going to bother writing an article about it since Lisa did such a fantastic and thorough job over there, covering the pitfalls to avoid if participating. The premise is easy: Write a novel in a month. 1667 words a day. Pretty basic, don’t you think? Mary Shelley did it in a weekend.
But oh, if it were only as simple as the tagline flippantly suggests. I’m no Mary Shelley.
Currently under construction in my Workshop of Wonders are several longer projects that tap into my more classical literary passions, however, there is also the beginning of a chapter expanded from a lighter short short, which I think I’ll throw into the NaNoWriMo ring this year. I’ve already laid out the structure of the story and it has a decent skeleton, so this venture will hold me accountable, not that I expect the NaNoWriMo Gestapo at my door if, come the first of December my book isn’t done. Of course it will only be a crappy first draft, I don’t expect anything different, but the point is to write a novel, start to finish, cover to cover in a month. Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.
So today I’m making that commitment to “Git ‘er dun.”
If you go to the National Novel Writing Month website, you can sign up with me. Check out Lisa’s article, the website, then decide if it’s for you. Together we can write our novels, track our progress, get pep talks and support, and meet fellow writers – or at least that’s what the organization promises. I’ll be posting my progress as the book takes shape and the ups and downs of the whole NaNoWriMo experience. My concept, a Young Adult adventure, has good bones and wants desperately to come to life.
I’ve just got to get my ass in gear and do it. Are you with me?