Thursday, 1 October 2009

The NaNoWriMo 2009 challenge....

Ladies and gentlemen, non-corporeal, non-humans, un-dead, and other readers of this site, the challenge is being laid upon the table before you.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2009 is now only a month away.

I'm planning on taking part.

What's NaNoWriMo?

The following explanatory text is from the NaNoWriMo site:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

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.


I must write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. That's a minimum 1,667 words a day just to limp across the finishing line with precisely 50K. There's a lot of writing to be done. And I don't have a clue yet what I'll be writing next month, either. I haven't even thought about a plot, character, or anything like that.

Click here to go to my page on the NaNoWriMo site, where, if you're a member of that site, you can befriend me as a writing buddy so we can compare word counts as we go along.

Who else is up for it?

Bring it on....