By October 6, 2005

National Novel Writing Month is coming up!

The National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo, starts in November. For those of you unfamiliar with Nanowrimo, it’s an event that attempts to get writers to crank out a novel. It doesn’t have to be good, it doesn’t even have to be edited, it just has to have enough words to be counted as a novel. Sure, you could just type “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” over and over again, but that makes you a psycho and not a novelist.

I’ve entered Nanowrimo twice. My first attempt was the closest. I had been laid off from my job in Oregon earlier that year, and by the fall I realized that I wasn’t going to find any legit employment in the mountain town that I had grown to love. I spent my mornings telecommuting for an old client in Seattle, and my afternoons scribbling out my Nanowrimo entry. I filled two notebooks with material. Unfortunately, my idea for a story was lame, even by my standards. I was about to start notebook three and knew that I had already jumped the shark within my own story, within the first novel. I caved in and did not finish. I didn’t even make it past character sketches and outlines the next year.

I took last year off, and I guess that brings us to this year, right? I may have left a year out there somewhere. I’ve had a horrible sense of my own personal timeline lately and should probably chart it out. It’d make an interesting post, that’s for sure.

In honor of failing twice before, I’m going to enter Nanowrimo again this year. I’m not sure what I’m going to write about … zombies have been playing heavily on my mind, especially due to the Year of the Zombie campaign I’m running, but perhaps that wouldn’t make the best novel. Oh well, I have about a month to decide!

So, I challenge the six or so of you that read this journal — are you up for writing a novel this year?

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4 Comments on "National Novel Writing Month is coming up!"

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  1. configuratrix says:

    are you up for writing a novel this year?

    Nope. Bills catch-up, massive yard work, and party prep this month. I’ll stick to journalling for my creative outlet, for now.

    Disappointed about the political post I’d been working on that just got eaten when I clicked on a .pdf link in another tab… 🙁

  2. drfaulken says:

    Sorry about your post that got eaten 🙁 You should really investigate using Semagic, it’s what I compose 99% of my entries from. It will also allow you to queue entries for later posting, which is what I do for most of my reviews.

  3. roclar says:

    are you up for writing a novel this year?

    Waaaaaay too lazy here. 😀 I have trouble writing paragraph(s) much less a whole book.

  4. configuratrix says:

    Hey, we like the Glowing Colored Tubs and Sinks, even if we haven’t registered on your LJ-free weblog.